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“Suck it Up, Buttercup” bill: Force public colleges to stop coddling sad students

(Associated Press)

Iowa State Rep. Bobby Kaufmann has had enough with the post-election emotions. (Associated Press)

Donald Trump took the presidency a week ago and the reaction of universities was exactly what any informed voter would have expected. Liberal millennials pulled out their picket signs, cried, and began protesting the election of a candidate they didn’t like. Universities responded by coddling them, offering counseling for the traumatic event of losing a democratic election, canceling classes, postponing assignments, and so on.

The winds could be changing in January as an Iowa lawmaker announced his plan to introduce a bill he calls “Suck it Up, Buttercup.” The bill would target state universities that used taxpayer funds to coddle students after the election.

Since the election results came in, universities across the country have provided students with supplies, counseling, and other provisions in order to aid their woes. That’s all fine and dandy – until they start using taxpayer money to do so.

Public universities receive a portion of their funds from the taxpayers to help with the cost of educating students. Reallocating the funds to coddle students at the taxpayers’ expense is something Iowa State Representative Bobby Kaufmann strongly opposes.

His “Suck it Up, Buttercup” bill will put financial pressure on state universities to stop coddling students and do what they were created to do – educate.

In specific, the bill will take however much the university spent on post-election activities, double it, then subtract that amount from the university’s funding for the following year.

“If you can afford that, then your budget’s too big,” said Kaufmann on a local radio station.

After the election, Cornell University hosted a cry-in, providing tissues and hot chocolate to upset students. The university also provided markers, poster boards, and chalk for students to express how they feel. The University of Kansas informed students that therapy dogs would be available post-election to help them accept the results.

A professor as the University of Michigan delayed an exam and he wasn’t alone. Professors at Columbia University did the same. A University of Connecticut professor allowed students to forego skip classes on Nov. 9. A professor at Yale University even made an exam optional following the election results.

The University of Michigan law school cancelled a “Post-Election Self-Care with Food and Play” event following intense criticism. The event had planned to offer students the chance to deal with their stress by coloring, playing with Play-Doh, blowing bubbles, and making positive cards.

Kaufmann’s bill would also bring new consequences for protesters who block highways. That’s probably a good thing for everyone involved considering an anti-Trump protester from the University of California, San Diego was struck by a car while attempting to block Interstate 5. The video has since gone viral.

In Iowa, more than 100 liberal millennial protesters took to Interstate 80 the Friday following the election. State troopers cleared the protesters quickly, citing that they were a public safety hazard.

“I have no issue with protesting,” Kaufmann said. “In fact, I would go to political war for anyone who wanted to protest or dissent and they couldn’t. But you can’t exercise your constitutional right by trampling on someone else’s.”

While it should be obvious that blocking a highway is both dangerous and illegal, some liberal millennials clearly didn’t get the memo. Next time, they could face criminal charges should Kaufmann’s bill become law.


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