Let’s stimulate the economy! Who wants to play President Obama?

On February 26th and 27th, the UC-Irvine chapter of Young Americans for Liberty drew a spectacle with our activism event, Jenga-nomics! The event drew crowds of students, flocking over to the YAL booth to see what the commotion was all about.

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Crashing sounds, *PLOP, PLOP, PLOP*, and “OHMAHGERD! JENGA!”, were some of the many sounds and comments we heard due to our not-too-shabby display and after roping in students with:

“Wanna stimulate the economy?”, “Hey, wanna play President Obama?” or”Who wants to be Ben Bernanke!?” all seemed to draw attention and intrigue to our booth. 

Of course, fruit snacks, a double-whammy consisting of a quasi-healthy dosage of Vitamin C and gummy candy, seemed to do the trick quite well.

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While students played Ben Bernanke or President Obama and redistributed the economy, we went ahead and explained to students how each time they’re moving a block — via taxes, subsidies, tariffs, bailouts, interest rates, etc. — were not adding more “blocks” (money) into the economy, but only shifting it all around to create the next economic bubble to ultimately lead to a terrible crash. 

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Overall, we drew quite a number of sign-ups, about 60, right in the middle of Round 1 of midterms! Our booth was very well received, stealing attention from the Greeks and other clubs, as this is one of many reactions:

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Please stay tuned as we will provide the link to our Flickr photostream of this event and video, which is currently being edited.

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