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Barry L. Flinchbaugh, Kansas State University
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Barry Flinchbaugh, Professor of Ag Economics, Kansas State University
Flinchbaugh expresses frustration with Republicans | The Hagstrom Report
Barry Flinchbaugh, right, professor of agricultural economics at Kansas State University, is interviewed by David Kohl, professor emeritus of agricultural and applied economics at Virginia Tech, at the National Agricultural Bankers Conference. (Jerry Hagstrom/The Hagstrom Report)
KANSAS CITY - Barry Flinchbaugh, the renowned professor of agricultural economics at Kansas State University, has never been known as a liberal, but he signaled to the Americans Bankers Association here last week that he has had enough of the tea party and of his own congressman, Rep.
"I have a congressman who votes against his people every time and they keep on electing him," Flinchbaugh
said of Huelskamp, who voted against the 2014 farm bill.
also said he
is upset that Republicans won't support public education, particularly the land-grant colleges.
"The land-grant system is so close to going private, it is a really tough situation," he
"Then we will go back to educating the elite instead of educating the man on the street."
Donald Trump, Flinchbaugh
said, has ruined the Republican primary races, making it likely that Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton will get elected president.
At the Benghazi hearing, Flinchbaugh
said, the Republicans "didn't treat her
like a human being and she
stole the show.
"I bitch about this country but every time I leave I want to come back," Flinchbaugh
Agriculture Future of America - AFA Announces 2012 Leader in Agriculture Award Winners
June 25, 2012 - Agriculture Future of America is pleased to announce Dr. Barry Flinchbaugh and Howard G. Buffett have been selected as the 2012 Leader in Agriculture Award recipients.
Flinchbaugh serves as professor of agricultural economics at Kansas State University.
In his forty-one-year tenure at Kansas State, he has been named Outstanding Teacher in the College of Agriculture three times.
In addition to teaching, Flinchbaugh serves as an extension policy expert.
has assisted in the development of every farm bill since 1968, working closely with Capitol Hill politicians.
is greatly revered by his
students and the agriculture industry.
Kansas State University Ag ...
Kansas State University Ag Economics professor Barry Flinchbaugh is famous for speaking his mind, even if his audience may not want to hear his message.
On Monday, at the Kansas Farm Bureau convention
in Manhattan, Flinchbaugh
laid the blame for the slow growth of the U.S. economy at the door of political extremism and politicians who place ideological purism ahead of the good of the country they were elected to serve.
"When you follow ideological purity, you don't think.
You just drink the Kool-Aid and go with it," Flinchbaugh
"Ideological purity prevents democracy from functioning.
It creates uncertainty in politics, uncertainty in markets, provides a pileup of cash to strengthen the dollar and lessens ag exports."
BARRY SPEAKS: K-State professor of ag economics Barry Flinchbaugh speaks to the Kansas Farm Bureau convention in Manhattan on Monday.
Flinchbaugh, who began his career in ag economics at K-State in 1971 and was a major influence in the 1996 Freedom to Farm Bill, said that a key question at the beginning of his career involved tax policy and the proper mix of property, sales and income tax.
worked to get property taxes reduced and income taxes increased to even out the burden.
"Now fast forward 40 years and it is the same issue: the property mix of taxes.
We've lowered income taxes and that is inevitably going to raise sales and property tax."
said there are two ways to govern: debate and compromise which leads to the success of democracy or ideological purity which leads to dictatorship.
"These strict constitutionalists, as they call themselves, they either never read the constitution or if they did, they didn't understand it," he
pointed out the record of federal deficit and surplus, showing four consecutive years of surplus during the Clinton administration and a rapidly shrinking deficit in the waning years of the Obama presidency.
The same chart showed huge deficit increases in the Reagan years and the Bush 41 and Bush 43 years.
"This is reality," he
also blasted the "bogus debate" over the debt ceiling that hardliners have repeatedly used to threaten a government shutdown.
"The debt ceiling is totally bogus," he
Flinchbaugh criticized Congressmen who attacked the including of food and nutrition programs in the Farm Bill, pointing out that sound governing policy, led by Kansas Senator Bob Dole, put those every programs in the Farm Bill to insure the future of the Department of Agriculture, quoting Dole as saying "food agriculture; aren't those somehow related?"
"Trade is the way to bring net farm income back," Flinchbaugh
told Farm Bureau convention attendees.
"Congress has acted together in a rare bout of bipartisan agreement to grant the President Trade Promotion Authority.
And the Trans Pacific Partnership agreement is the best straight deal in history for American agriculture.
It lets Canada and the U.S. unite with the countries of Southeast Asia in a bloc to compete against the giant in the room, China.
Yet, for some reason both the leading presidential candidates, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, have come out against the bill."
On Cuba, Flinchbaugh
said the U.S. is attempting to reverse 50 years of losing strategy that has seen Fidel Castro be able to hold onto power by blaming a U.S. embargo for the failures of his own regime.
U.S. agriculture needs comprehensive immigration reform, Flinchbaugh
"Requiring E-Verify for every job will cost the U.S. dairy industry 50% of the people who milk our cows," he
"Anti-immigration policies have already cost fruit and vegetable growers millions of dollars across the country.
We must find a way to make these people legal, especially in ag."
"My urban activist friends tell me that we need to follow the science on climate change," Flinchbaugh
says agriculture's resistance to carbon regulation is puzzling.
sees a clear path forward and plenty of room for optimism.
"Issues need to be settled, the economy needs certainty, the government needs to function.
If elected officials don't want it to function, they can and should be removed from office.
We need less rhetoric and more facts, less mythology and more civility and reality and whole lot less ideology," Flinchbaugh
sees hope for a way forward in the students in his
class at K-State
"These millennials get a bad rap, but they don't deserve it," he