Barry Flinchbaugh, professor emeritus of agricultural economics at Kansas State University and a veteran of farm-bill fights, recently predicted at an American Bankers Association conference in Milwaukee that the new farm bill won’t come until April. As reported by the High Plains Journal, he lamented that the “hard work that was put in the Senate will have to start over” and blamed “political uncertainty” for the state of the economy. “As my old friend, former Sen. Alan Simpson of Wyoming, would say, this Congress gives 2-year-olds a bad name,” Flinchbaugh said. “We have elected a bunch of wingnuts that don’t understand compromise and how government should work. Wingnuts on the left and wingnuts on the right.” As for Flinchbaugh’s congressman, Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler: “If I had him in class I’d have flunked him,” the professor said. During a question-and-answer session, Flinchbaugh called Gov. Sam Brownback a friend but complained about the state income-tax cuts. “He’s listening to that fraud economist from California, Arthur Laffer, who’s a supply-sider, who thinks you can grow by cutting taxes,” he said. “It doesn’t work. History shows it doesn’t work. It transfers the bills from state government to the local government so Gov. Brownback can run for president in 2016 and say, ‘I cut state taxes.’”
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