State Rep. Bobby Kaufmann put forth the “Suck It Up, Buttercup” bill in response to how colleges have handled students’ anger and sadness over Hillary Clinton’s surprise defeat.
The bill would target state universities that use taxpayer dollars for additional grief counseling or other things – like “cry rooms” – to help students cope with election-related sadness. He also wants to increase the criminal penalties for protesters who block highways, as some demonstrators did near Iowa City last week.
“That’s incredibly dangerous. What if someone had been trying to go to the hospital or was in an emergency and you had these spoiled brats blocking interstate 80?” he said, adding he encourages dissent and protests, but not while endangering innocent people.
He said he got reports about “cry rooms” being set up for students at universities that already face rising tuition costs.
“That’s a waste of taxpayer dollars and that also doesn’t prepare kids for life. In life there’s winners and losers and when your car breaks down, your kids get sick or you have to take a second job to pay your mortgage, you don’t get to go to a cry zone, you don’t get to pet a pony. You have to deal with it,” he said.
Bobby Kaufmann for President in 2020! What a brilliant man and a brilliant idea. These babies across the country need a wake up call. “Safe spaces” and rioting are no way to handle displeasure. I get it, you’re upset (No I don’t get it) but is a safe space really needed for “grown adults”? I read that these places have coloring books, counselors, and grieving stations as if someone just died. If you want to cry over the election, do it on your own time. Maybe in the shower or a dark closet. That’s what I do when Notre Dame breaks my heart. I get a big plate of nachos and sit under the blankets in my room for a day or two…Maybe call my mom for a good conversation.
I also have to give the man props for creatively naming the bill. “Suck it up, Buttercup” If there’s one thing I’ve learned while on Cheeseknuckles, it’s that a headline is often more difficult than the article. But apparently not for Bobby. He just hit a bomb with the name of this bill.
Everyone needs to pick themselves up and move on already.