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Flinchbaugh expresses frustration with Republicans

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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. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kan.

“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.

“Farm state congressmen have put farmers first and politics second, but that is changing,” he added in an interview conducted by David Kohl, a professor emeritus of agricultural and applied economics at Virginia Tech.

Flinchbaugh said he has faith in House Agriculture Committee ranking member Collin Peterson, D-Minn., but fears that House Agriculture Committee Chairman Michael Conaway, R-Texas, “has drunk Kool-Aid” from former Texas Republican Gov. Rick Perry.

Flinchbaugh 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 said. “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. Hillary will win on the demographics if nothing else.”

“I bitch about this country but every time I leave I want to come back,” Flinchbaugh concluded. “I bitch about it because it can be better.”