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Buffett, Dimon, Housing, Economic, Political Freedom, IG, Deep State, and Manufactured Housing Industry Progress

June 15th, 2018 No comments

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None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.”

– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, GoodReads.

 

Chains of habit are too light to be felt until they are too heavy to be broken.”

– Warren Buffett, BrainyQuotes.

 

Most of us are imprisoned by something. We’re living in darkness until something flips on the switch.”

–      Wynonna Judd, GoodReads.

 

Like a snake sheds its skin, we are capable of getting rid of assembled habits, creating space to call matters into question…We can retreat, then, from the imprisonment of a deadly routine, acquire an identity and develop our personality.”

– Erik Pevernagie, “Man Without Qualities.”

 

The American economy is becoming the envy of the world, says a new report in NewsMax.

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While U.S. economic growth is surging, other national economies are reportedly slipping and faltering.

Coincidence? Hardly.

Even left-of-center sources or Democratic supporting political supporters are starting to acknowledge that Trump Administration policies, including regulatory rollbacks, and the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, are fueling economic expansion.

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Jobs that former President Barack Obama said where never coming back to the U.S. – like mining and manufacturing – are roaring back under the Trump Administration’s leadership.

 

Billionaires Warren Buffett, Chase’s Jaime Dimon Praise U.S. Economy

For those who don’t know, Warren Buffett has been a Trump critic long before his successful run for the Oval Office.

So, it is worth noting that Warren Buffett, who supported Barack Obama and later Secretary Hillary Clinton, recently praised the U.S. economic recovery that has been occurring as a result of President of the United States (POTUS) Donald J. Trump’s leadership.

Buffett says you should buy stocks, or make investments, when the long-term outlook in a field or company is good.  Think about that as you ponder Berkshire Hathaway’s moves in the manufactured housing industry space in the last 15 years.

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As regular manufactured home industry Daily Business News readers know, Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway includes numerous brands in and serving the manufactured housing industry.

Longtime, careful readers know Buffett supported policies that are often the opposite of what POTUS Trump is successfully promoting.

Taking each candidate at their word, Secretary Hillary Clinton would not have signed S 2155 into law, but President Trump did.

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This Buffett quote is worth pondering in the light of MHI and related controversies.

 

The DOJ’s Inspector General’s Report

On 6.14.2018, the Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of the Inspector General (IG) Office released an eighteen month report that points to issues with the 2016 election that point to a “Deep State,” and to issues that aren’t based in Russia, but rather are found right here in the U.S.A.

Before diving into elements of the DOJ IG report, let’s set the table with an understanding of the origin of the concept of the Deep State.

 

What is the “Deep State?”

Wikipedia says that “The term “deep state” was defined in 2014 by Mike Lofgren, a former Republican U.S. congressional aide, as “a hybrid association of elements of government and parts of top-level finance and industry that is effectively able to govern the United States without reference to the consent of the governed as expressed through the formal political process.”

According to whistleblower Edward Snowden, “the deep state is not just the intelligence agencies, it is really a way of referring to the career bureaucracy of government. These are officials who sit in powerful positions, who don’t leave when presidents do, who watch presidents come and go…they influence policy, they influence presidents.”

While some, like the New York Times, dismiss the notion of the Deep State, it is becoming widely discussed across the left-right media divide. The discussion on the so-called deep state is so intense, it’s spawned an upcoming cable TV series on Epix.

Part of the issue of “Deep State” bureaucrats, who are shown as flaunting rules that prohibit them from playing favorites, leaking information to the press, having their own agenda vs. that of an elected administration, and the like.

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There are those in MHVille who point to Pam Danner, the prior administrator of the Office if Manufactured Housing Programs at HUD, as an example of the Deep State at work in ways that harmed the manufactured housing industry. Danner did so, they say, until she was finally removed.

Citing sources, the Washington Post report noted that it was MHARR, not MHI, that worked for Danner’s removal.

While he focused on the military-industrial complex, President Dwight D. Eisenhower raised a similar theme to the Deep State over half-a-century ago.  In his 1961 farewell address, POTUS Ike said “In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.”

The maxim of the proverbial “power behind the throne” makes it clear that various understandings of the Deep State are ancient, not new.

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The IG’s Report Points to Deep State Woes 

The DOJ’s IG report is a both a political and legal document. It claims that there is no evidence of undue influence or favoritism, before or since the 2016 election, in the FBI or DOJ.

Nevertheless, sources that have read the over 500 page report say it is replete with examples of the opposite.

Attorney, constitutional author, and talk radio firebrand Mark Levin – who at one point was a “never Trump” believer – gives a quick litany of examples. Levin lays out the facts of how the IG report reveals wildly problematic legal issues, with a strongly and illicit anti-Trump bias.

Tucker Carlson, who has an independent, libertarian bent, had several features last night that likewise raised issues with the IG report.

The video below is about what the IG report reveals about the FBI, according to a former FBI Assistant Director.

 

 

Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton on inspector general’s report’s findings in the handling of the Hillary Clinton investigation: Don’t trust mainstream media analysis.

 

Donald Trump Jr reacts to DOJ IG report.

 

 

Rudy Giuliani, attorney for President Trump, speaks out after the release of DOJ inspector general report on the FBI’s handling of the Clinton email investigation.

 

 

The president’s legal-team point man, former New York Mayor Ruddy Giuliani, said the IG report is proof that the entire special counsel handling has been tainted from the beginning.  He claims it is leading away from clear evidence of illegalities allegedly committed by Secretary Clinton and her supporters.

Meanwhile, with no evidence yet of any direct or illegal ties to Russia by the Trump campaign, there were “spies” (informants) used, electronic, and other surveillance methods used against now President Trump’s team.

The deep state could be viewed through the “Drain the Swamp” lens that helped elect Donald Trump.

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When senior FBI agents vowed to keep Mr. Trump from winning, or would cause him to be wrongfully impeached once he won, it is a constitutionally frightening development.

Elections are a peaceful way of selecting representatives of the people in a Republic. Elections create a stake for voters.  But if elections can be rigged by high-level public officials, attempting to work behind the scenes, that’s a problem that will not end well.

But it would be naïve to think that high-level “rigging of the system” was new.

We noted the concern of President Eisenhower.  But other examples exist of the power of the unelected bureaucratic federal officials – including but not limited to, the FBI – during the Vietnam conflict, and during the civil rights movement.

This is why vigilance is necessary.  That’s a basic price of freedom.

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Every day, foreign powers seek to influence each other’s politics. That’s nothing new. The U.S. has done it, China and Russia do it, as do other nations too. So the hype – mostly from the left – over “Russia, Russia, Russia” shouldn’t be overlooked, but it must be taken in context.

For Americans to remain free, “We, the People” must be properly informed. President Trump and Bernie Sanders alike were debatably correct when each said that the “system is rigged.”

Day by day, it seems clear that the 45th Chief Executive of the United States means to keep his campaign promises.

Everyone has character foibles and flaws.

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James Watt was known for insightful quotes.

But Mr. Trump is demonstrably taking the nation in a better economic direction. The steps he’s taken have been good for business in general, and good for manufactured housing.

Editorially, MHProNews has and continues to support President Trump based upon principles like tax cuts that have worked for past Democratic and Republican presidents alike.

As the midterms are approaching, there is a fight within the Democratic party between moderate and more socialistic Democrats. So say members of the Democratic party.

Doug Schoen, Clinton Adviser, warns – “Democrats must advance an agenda…to create a society of opportunity for all – not guaranteed outcomes achieved through wealth redistribution.”

In the GOP, recent voting indicates that pro-Trump candidates are outperforming so-called moderate or more traditional Republicans.

Time and again, the president has found a way to get things done. That’s why Americans elected him.  Unelected “deep state” actors ought not be permitted to foil the will of the people, expressed in a valid election.  “We Provide, You Decide.” © ## (News, analysis, and commentary.)

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The Art of the Deal – President Trump’s Video Presentation to NoKo Chairman Kim Jung Un Released, Plus MH Market Updates

June 12th, 2018 No comments

CNNmoney6.12.2018ManufacturedHomeStocksMarketsReportsMHProNewsThe White House has released the English and Korean versions of a video presentation that President Donald J. Trump shared with North Korean leader Kim Jung Un at their historic summit meeting. That video will be part of our featured report this evening.

If you’re new, already hooked on our new spotlight feature – or are ready to get the MH professional fever – our headline reports are found further below, just beyond the Manufactured Housing Composite Value for today.

 

The evolving Daily Business News market report sets the manufactured home industry’s stocks in the broader context of the overall markets.

Part of this unique feature provides headlines – from both sides of the left-right media divide – that saves readers time, while underscoring topics that may be moving investors, which in turn move the markets.

Readers say this is also a useful quick-review tool that saves researchers time in getting a handle of the manufactured housing industry, through the lens of publicly-traded stocks connected with the manufactured home industry.

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ICYMI – for those not familiar with the “Full Measure,” ‘left-right’ media chart, please click here. 

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Full Measure’s Sharyl Attiksson’s media bias chart is useful in sorting out the agendas behind various headlines and news sources. http://www.mhmarketingsalesmanagement.com/blogs/daily-business-news/no-fire-just-smoke-and-democratic-clinton-supporter-says-enough/

Selected headlines and bullets from CNN Money:

  • Tesla cuts 9% of staff
  • Trump had a chance to cut Canada’s dairy tariffs. He walked away
  • Investment manager: Bet on financial companies and PayPal
  • ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ joins an exclusive club of films that top $2 billion
  • Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ford Explorer get worst ratings in crash test
  • When a sexual harasser is a customer
  • Interest rates are about to rise again
  • These sanctions will keep squeezing North Korea’s economy
  • Could North Korea become an opportunity for US companies?
  • Why Trump went on a media tour after the Singapore summit
  • Uber targets millions of new users with lite app
  • Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi is going after Europe
  • Made in America: The German cars Trump doesn’t want
  • Louboutin wins fight to prevent red sole copycats
  • Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner detail vast wealth
  • Uber’s Bozoma Saint John leaves after one year
  • Net neutrality rules are now repealed. Here’s what that means
  • A new approach to cybersecurity: let the hackers in
  • Amazon expands Whole Foods discounts to 10 states
  • Analysis: The future of media isn’t media
  • UK companies will have to explain CEO pay
  • Craigslist founder gives $20 million to journalism school
  • How big brands are trying to pull off a recycling revolution
  • There’s a new way to earn Starbucks coffee points
  • Billions in cryptocurrency wealth wiped out after hack

Selected headlines and bullets from Fox Business:

  • AT&T prevails as Time Warner takeover gets OK from judge
  • AT&T’s $85 billion quest for Time Warner: The trial’s greatest hits and misses
  • AT&T –Time Warner’s $85B deal decision: 4 scenarios
  • Trump ‘can’t jump ahead’ in North Korea negotiations: Leon Panetta
  • Trump, North Korea deal too focused on US actions: Paul Wolfowitz
  • Stocks take US-North Korea summit outcome in stride
  • Credit service Intuit shuts down payments on all gun purchases
  • Investors flocking to American stocks – here’s why
  • Trump, Kim summit much more than just a handshake: Varney
  • Seattle may pull ‘head tax’ after Amazon, Starbucks cry foul
  • Tesla Model 3 production on the rise? Shares climb on upbeat Wall Street forecast
  • Trump, Kim Jong Un talks ‘significant’ despite vague agreement
  • Small business optimism soars, resulting in increased hiring and wages
  • McDonald’s to reveal restructuring plan
  • Trump, Kim summit leads to real estate boom in this Chinese trade city
  • Robots could replace as many as 10,000 jobs at Citi
  • Union to meet with GE in last-ditch effort to save Virginia plant
  • Jeep Grand Cherokee, Ford Explorer get ‘poor’ ratings in new safety test
  • Both 2018 car models failed to pass front passenger crash tests.
  • Investors flocking to American stocks – here’s why
  • Here’s what fund managers think about the state of the global economy.
  • OPEC sees uncertain outlook for oil market
  • OPEC likely in no rush to relax their output cuts

 

Today’s markets and stocks, at the closing bell…

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Manufactured Housing Composite Value (MHCV)

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Today’s Big Movers

For all the scores and highlights on tracked manufactured home connected stocks today, see thBloomberg graphic, posted below.

Today’s MH Market Spotlight Report –

Vanity Fair panned it, and it will be no surprise if others in the ‘never Trump’ parts of the media do too.

But nothing proves value as much as success.

It was a video production designed for a specific audience, one person. North Korean (DPRK) leader Kim Jung Un.

The Daily Business News report on the meeting is linked below, complete with the agreement that the two signed.

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Still from White House video.

Bloomberg Closing Ticker for MHProNews…

NOTE: The chart below includes the Canadian stock, ECN, which purchased Triad Financial Services.

NOTE: The chart below covers a number of stocks NOT reflected in the Yahoo MHCV, shown above.

NOTE: Drew changed its name and trading symbol at the end of 2016 to Lippert (LCII).

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Berkshire Hathaway is the parent company to Clayton Homes21st Mortgage, Vanderbilt Mortgage and other factory built housing industry suppliers.

LCI Industries, Patrick, UFPI and LP all supply manufactured housing.

AMG, CG and TAVFX have investments in manufactured housing related businesses.

Your link to industry praise for our coverage, is found here.

For the examples of our kudos linked above…plus well over 1,000 positive, public comments, we say – “Thank You for your vote of confidence.”

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Manufactured Housing and the Midterms, what did Democratic and GOP Primaries Signal?

May 9th, 2018 Comments off

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With what the Media Research Center says has been some 90 percent negative mainstream broadcast news media coverage, President Donald J. Trump is holding or rising in many polls, to at or near the highest point since taking the White House.

While the media has said for months that a “blue wave” is coming in Congress for November – which historically would be common for a president – there are certainly signs in polling and yesterdays turnout that suggest that at this time, the momentum is still with the president and his party.

Manufactured housing professionals aren’t a monolithic group. There are Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians, minor party and independents in the ranks of the industry, as in all other professions.

That noted, the industry has to consider questions like these:

  • Has the regulatory environment improved in the last 16 months?
  • Has job creation improved – which is an indicator of potential future housing demand?
  • Has the investment environment improved in the last 16 months?

The evidence points to yes in each of the above, and most Americans also got a tax cut too.

Famous manufactured home community insulter, and President Bill Clinton adviser, James Carville, quipped one of the most powerful insights in American politics.  “It’s the economy, stupid.”

Blue wave?  With fund raising still favoring the GOP in most areas by healthy margins, and the economy improving, there is more than just yesterday’s turnout and voting to suggest that the November midterms are up for grabs.  In fact, the momentum looks to be at this time in favor of the president and his party. We Provide, You Decide.” ©  ## (News, analysis, and commentary.)

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Critical Thinking Skills, Crucial For Well Grounded, Evidence over Emotion Based Independent Thought in MHVille

April 30th, 2018 Comments off

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In society, politics, investing, business, romance, and careers there is a routine tug-of-war between emotions and rational thought.

The modern era, not unlike that of yellow journalism from over a century ago, finds competing and often partisan sources presenting views of the same event in often profoundly different ways.

Yellow journalism was a style of newspaper reporting that emphasized sensationalism over facts. During its heyday in the late 19th century it was one of many factors that helped push the United States and Spain into war in Cuba and the Philippines, leading to the acquisition of overseas territory by the United States,” says History.State.gov.  To rephrase, yellow journalism is designed to manipulate people, then – or today.

While it helps to understand the left-right media divide, that alone isn’t enough.

The following video tonight is an introduction to critical – that means analytical – thinking. As the narrator explains, critical thought should not be confused with criticism.  While they’re selling a class in the last few seconds, a quick sound introduction to the principles of analytical thought are well laid out in under 2 ½ minutes.

MHProNews routinely uses the tools of critical thinking, which are part of the education of any clear thinker.  For example, attorneys and medical professionals alike are taught to search for the facts, and sift past emotions and smoke screens.

Given the problems of spin, weaponized reporting, biased, prejudiced, inaccurate news – and often emotionally charged, but rationally flawed opinion columns and talking heads – critical thought is important for professionals, business owners, investors, home owners, and all others.

While hopefully every column on MHProNews demonstrates analytical thought, and a search for the truth, an example is found in the related report below. The feedback from industry members on this hot topic has already made it clear that it resonates with a number of manufactured housing professionals.  Enjoy. ## (News, analysis, and commentary.)

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Media Bias, Ignorance, Manufactured Homes, Agenda Journalism, the Truth About “Fake News”

April 9th, 2018 Comments off

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Both the left and the right have developed their news and other media platforms.

 

Both the American left and the right have watchdog sites that track the reports of the ‘other side.’  Sometimes those opposition researchers Fisk” – or fact-check – how a story is presented, in the light of the known facts.

For decades, news has been a mix of accurate and unbiased reports, while others are tainted by an agenda or prejudice. While the modern era may be more extreme in the “fake news” category than it was 40 years ago in American history, it is not per se a new phenomena.

Journalists, j-schools, and the Society of Professional Journalists code of ethics all state their goal to report facts accurately – without bias – and when needed, to “speak truth to power.”

That said, often, money, ratings, those unstated agendas, ignorance, or bias prevail over an accurate reporting of the truth.

Partially with that in mind, the Daily Business News for some time has provided periodic reports on third party guidance about the facts regarding media tilt.

The best chart we’ve seen on that topic is by the awarding-winning independent journalist, Sharyl Attkisson. Her left-right media graphic is below.  Keep in mind that just because something comes from a different source than what you or your friends may normally read or view, that doesn’t mean its automatically ‘bad.’   Once facts and bias are understood, then discerning the truth becomes easier.

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Full Measure’s Sharyl Attiksson’s media bias chart is useful in sorting out the agendas behind various headlines and news sources. http://www.mhpronews.com/blogs/daily-business-news/no-fire-just-smoke-and-democratic-clinton-supporter-says-enough/

 

Journalism Ignorance, Agenda and Bias Impacts Manufactured Housing Daily

Do a search on Google, Yahoo, or Bing using the two words – manufactured home” – select the news” tab, then hit enter. Search results vary by platform, device and location, but today’s result in our office looks like the following.

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This is the acid test, the day-by-day reality check on how manufactured housing is being reported by mainstream media. Note: people are people.  Most journalists want to get the facts correct. That said, no one knows what they don’t know. Some person has to take the time to INFORM the media, when a report reflects bias or ignorance.

 

Do the same test for “mobile home” – the result from a laptop search in central Florida as of the date and time shown is as follows.

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Then do a search using a phrase like, “trailer house,” “trailer park,” or “mobile home park.”  We’ve just done one of those three to illustrate, as shown below.

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These examples are the media-based impressions the general public sees, reads, and hears about manufactured housing.  It is what award-winning industry expert, Marty Lavin called, the “industry other image campaign.”

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It is easy to curse a journalist or editor from afar. But experience shows that most reporters care about getting the facts correct.  But it normally takes personal engagement in order to get corrections, or prompt more accurate reporting.  With respect to political bias, that can be another story. But regarding manufactured housing, what the industry needs is routine, expert, respectful engagement in media at the local, regional, and national levels.

 

As the president of a HUD Code builder told MHProNews last week, “…two amazing things: the first is all the inaccurate garbage that gets put out [by media] about our industry. The second is you are the only person in the whole world that is willing to call people out on it! Amazing.” We thanked the sender for his comments, and noted others who support our or other efforts to correct the record.

But that quote and Lavin’s exemplifies several things.  Frustration is experienced by thousands of industry professionals about mainstream media reports.  That said, there has also been some progress too.  For example, note the 4 mainstream news sources.

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One more example can make the point.  Several community owners have told us in recent months about an incident that took place in their community.  These incidents were at times from 4 or 5 star type properties. Yet, in each case, the media called their attractive community a trailer park” [sic].

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Until writers, anchors, editors, and producers realize that terminology is offensive, ignorant, or bigoted, it will continue to be a black eye in mainstream media reports.

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Is Journalism Dead?

Journalism isn’t dead, as some opinion writers or talk show hosts on the left or right may say.  There are a mix of accurate, inaccurate, or a blend of both in every report.  Bias routinely is reflected, especially when it comes to politics.

But with respect to manufactured housing?

Journalists don’t know what they don’t know.

That said, news media reports are often manipulated, and the narrative can be framed in a manipulative manner. The OZY Media, or PBS reports on manufactured housing are but two examples of how the narrative can be couched, including the choice of music on the video designed to make you feel sympathetic toward some alleged “victim” of a business.

Fighting Fake Manufactured Home News: Fisking OZY Media’s ‘Trailer Park Nation’

As a state association executive told MHProNews, they are not in the business of defending an apparent “bad actor,” and neither are we.

Given the constitutionally protected freedom and of the press, there is not much that can be done – at least obviously – by government to “regulate” the truth.

However, an effort launched years ago – CSPAN – routinely provides a window on federal oversight meetings.   Local and state meetings may also be carried by video. Viewership levels are often low. What that means is that anyone who wants to take the time to sift through hours of testimony to find the few minutes – or moments – can do so.  At times, they provide powerful insights. 

Time, talent, and the treasure are needed to support such efforts.

That said, such free access government video services can be useful, as three Daily Business News and another on MHLivingNews reported last week all originated from precisely such national or local hearing video feeds.

HUD Secretary Ben Carson and Senator Thom Tillis Discuss Affordable Housing and Manufactured Homes, Video

What Actual Home Owners Say…

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Daily, news stories about our industry and customers are created.  Once published, because of search engines like Google, Yahoo, and Bing, those stories can multiply, and live on for years online.

Good, bad or indifferent, those news stories influence how a particular business, location or the industry appears to the public when certain searches like those shown further above are conducted.

Often, how a story is initially framed – the narrative – may shape other reports in its wake.

The solution?

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L. A. “Tony” Kovach, photo by Mark Simon, shows Kovach engaging with SAAs in NY. 

I’ve spoken and communicated electronically with reporters, producers and editors for years about manufactured housing issues that they’d covered,” says MHProNews and MHLivingNews publisher L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach. “They are people like you and me. Which means they too are impacted by human nature.”

Journalists,” says Kovach – who himself was engaged in journalism since high school and earned a journalism scholarship, before later turning to a business career in manufactured housing – “don’t know what they don’t know.”

Journalists and writers have deadlines and pressures to produce a story. They pick and chose what facts are presented. That’s why Brad Lovin’s insight last year is so spot on.”

 

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We noted last week that Berkshire Hathaway owned Clayton Homes has the ability to respond to any news story they want, via their own media relations people, Berkshire Hathaway’s media resources, or the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI), and their media resources,” said Tony Kovach.

So when a negative news story doesn’t get a response, it’s because MHI, Clayton or both decided not to respond.

Part of the purpose behind MHLivingNews and MHProNews is precisely to create opportunities to engage with media, researchers, nonprofits, or public officials,” Kovach explained. “It’s necessary. It doesn’t work every time, but it does work often enough when persistence and professionalism are involved.”

What industry readers ought to understand is that MHI knows all of this.  Their prior chairman addressed this in writing to MHProNews.

 

MHProNews presented on this subject at an MHI event, a few years back.  The response was positive.

 

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In spite of a positive response to a presentation organized on media engagement by MHProNews’ L. A. “Tony” Kovach, MHI has yet to routinely engage the media when poor terminology, or misrepresented facts occur. There is no excuse for them to ignore this basic duty for a post-production association. 

So any time MHI, a surrogate of theirs, or others attempt to minimize ongoing pro-industry growth efforts done by MHProNews, or MHLivingNews, aren’t they arguably consciously deciding to limit the industry’s growth?  Before jumping to a conclusion on that question, note what MHI president Richard “Dick” Jennison said.

 

 

MHI, Industry Leaders, and their Surrogates

It is undeniable that for years, MHI and their members deliberately engaged with MHProNews. That meant their was trust for the consistent accuracy of our reports.  There are words of praise from MHI leaders and others across the industry spectrum, as comments above and below reflect.

The same is true for No one has to ‘like’ every report, but there ought to be a basic understanding of the premise at MHProNews, which is to educate and promote a better understanding of the industry.  If the problems are external, we spotlight them.  But when they are internal, there is a need to spotlight those too. Without calling out questionable behavior when it occurs, where is the motivation of a disengaged or poor actor to stop it?

the It should be noted that we’ve engaged for years with both national associations, Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR), and MHI.  But MHI, over a year before we did a significant fact check on them, stopped providing their news. Why?

The point, beyond the facts being laid out, is that MHI must look in their own mirror, instead of pointing fingers behind the scenes.

 

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What changed at MHI?

In a phrase, they made a decision some years ago to replace our reports with their own.

That decision was made while MHProNews were still MHI members.  Independent companies at MHI take note, because ours is not the only operation where MHI attempted to tip the scales against a dues paying member.

Note too that the MHI decision was made while MHLivingNews and MHProNews alike were actively supporting some of their lobbying efforts, like the Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act.  That’s indisputable.  The report below is one of several examples on MHLivingNews, far more are found on MHProNews.

Renters’ Nation: The Dark Side of Dodd-Frank and Its Impact on Affordable Housing

While you or we can call the examples in this report allegations, don’t years of published stories and produced videos prove the points?

 

Street Cred

Not only did MHProNews pioneer “The Daily Business News,” but it is still the only such resource of its kind in MHVille.

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While it is true that anyone can post anything on a blog or on social media, it’s different writing a few words vs. researching and crafting several news reports every business day, and then doing cogent related analysis.

The consistent reliability of our reports are what makes us number one in all manufactured housing industry trade publishing. We provide facts and analysis that has “street cred,” per our readers.

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The proof we are still the runaway #1 is dramatically demonstrated in the photo, below. Notice that rack after rack had free magazines that were unclaimed.  First that happened at Louisville, so the provider bought those nice racks and placed them in several key places in Tunica.  The result in both cases was the same.  Very few were picked up, as the photos reflect.

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There’s a difference between being a mouthpiece for MHI or others that carry paid ads by MHI or prominent companies, vs. doing real reports and analysis.

That difference is “Industry News, Tips and Views Pros Can Use” vs. reading MHI talking points.

Never forget that reports by MHI have been documented at times to be spin. Some have been half truths, or distortions of reality. They’re arguably “Weaponized,” posturing a position, usually to make themselves look better than their actual performance merits.

One need only look at the latest shipment report – or see the chart above – to realize just how ineffective MHI’s advocacy and promotion are.

Keep in mind, they say they’re the post-production ‘umbrella‘ group representing “all segments of the factory-built housing.”   

If so, why isn’t MHI defending the industry against the daily onslaught of problematic news?

Is that why they duck questions now, which previously as recently as about a year ago they were still responding to our inquiries.

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This graphic was created over 6 months ago, but the principle remains the same. To their credit, they’ve done better in their recent letter to HUD, but it still lacked critical information, see the Masthead, linked here.

There has been only one report MHProNews has done which turned out different than what our source(s) said. That one was the announced plot discussed by MHAction to protest at last year’s MHI’s annual meeting. But what happened instead is that MHAction protested at a Frank Rolfe event. Apparently, once the element of surprise was lost, they changed their plan.  There was also a hurricane that struck, which may have disrupted the plans of the disruptive MHAction activists.

Frank Rolfe, MHU/RV Horizons Protest by MHAction; Nathan Smith/SSK/MHI Flashbacks?

MHI should send a thank you note to us for that report. Frank Rolfe and his associates should know that the Daily Business News had no similar warning or tip prior to his meeting.

Summing Up

The bottom line is that mainstream media must be engaged.  Engaged industry trade media is part of the solution, but can’t do it alone.  The same holds true for problems within the industry.

Weeds don’t uproot themselves. A cancer that’s not addressed spreads. Those analogies are reminders that to fix the challenge of problematic reports, be they inside or outside of the industry, takes time, talent, and treasure.

But the payoff could be enormous.  The reverse is true too.  Failure to address these issues means they can be expected to continue.

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“Ready Player One” Movie – Unsubtle Slam on Manufactured Housing?

March 30th, 2018 Comments off

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The “Trailer Park Boys,” on Netflix and the movie. 8 Mile,” movie with Eminem. Some zoning board, near you…

 

Day by day, for whatever reason, numbers of entertainers, officials and in media find an excuse to spotlight mobile or manufactured homes, and routinely do so in a negative light.

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So, the new Steven Spielberg movie, “Ready Player One” – which uses steel framed multi-story older manufactured homes as a backdrop to their dark future – is sad, but given the trends – should be no surprise.

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From filmmaker Steven Spielberg comes the action adventure “Ready Player One,” based on Ernest Cline’s bestseller of the same name, which has become a worldwide phenomenon. The film is set in 2045, with the world on the brink of chaos and collapse.” says the official YouTube page.

But the people have found salvation in the OASIS, an expansive virtual reality universe created by the brilliant and eccentric James Halliday (Mark Rylance). When Halliday dies, he leaves his immense fortune to the first person to find a digital Easter egg he has hidden somewhere in the OASIS, sparking a contest that grips the entire world. When an unlikely young hero named Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) decides to join the contest, he is hurled into a breakneck, reality-bending treasure hunt through a fantastical universe of mystery, discovery and danger,” adds the movie’s promotional trailer’s commentary page.

 

What’s the Answer?

In a phrase, positive engagement.

Routine education and an ADL/NAACP type of response is needed to counter this,” says publisher and consultant L. A. “Tony” Kovach.

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Last year at the Deadwood 5 state event, Kovach told attendees that manufactured housing should position itself in part as a new civil rights movement.  “Bashing so-called ‘trailer trash,’ and the owners of ‘mobile homes,’ and manufactured homes businesses are among the last acceptable prejudices,” says Tony.  “Why?”

It’s on the minds of home owners, as articles like the one linked below demonstrate.

“Home Sweet Home” – Assistant Mayor Wants to End Housing Choice Stigma

Replace manufactured homes – the T-word with the N-word – and such mockery would never be acceptable, says Kovach.

It’s what Marty Lavin has said is “the industry’s other image campaign.”

Or what Frank Rolfe lamented a year ago was the industry’s Arlington, VA based association’s failure to engage the media, and demand such bigoted slander be changed.

It’s a post-production issue, and the industry has to realize that this is serious.  A reverse look at MHI’s own claims reflects just how little acceptance there is for manufactured housing today,” says Kovach. “If indeed millions of people have visited their social media, and have read their articles, why are so few new manufactured homes being sold?”

It will be interesting to see what impact, if any, the movie has on the industry and public perceptions, he mused. If it doesn’t have a harmful impact, it may only be because there is so much negative news about “mobile homes” and manufactured homes already.

But this is an opportunity in disguise, he says, for those willing to stand up in their local market and debunk the myths, as tests in various markets have successfully demonstrated.

Manufactured Housing’s Professional Crucifixion

On Good Friday, the reflection linked above is just one possible way to consider this phenomenon.  As a disclosure, this writer has not seen the well-hyped movie, and doesn’t plan to buy a ticket.  “We Provide, You Decide.” © ## (News, analysis, and commentary.) 

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State Agencies Probing Giant Equity Lifestyle Over Years of Alleged Senior Abuses at MH Community

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Several Oregon state agencies are investigating a manufactured home park for seniors in Eugene, amid complaints that it cheated some residents out of thousands of dollars,” says the Associated Press (AP).

 

The Register-Guard reports that those investigating the Falcon Wood Village park [sic] include the Department of Justice and the Department of Consumer and Business Services,” per KTVZ.

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The Oregon-based Register-Guard newspaper states that it has identified five cases from 2010 to 2013 in which residents agreed to allow the ELS owned community, Falcon Wood Village, to sell their homes for them.  But upon sale of the homes, only a small fraction of the ultimate selling price was allegedly paid to the seller.

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Local media photos include those like the one at the top of this post, while other views of the same ELS owned community include appealing photos like the one shown immediately above.

The claims by residents include that they were in difficult financial straits when they agreed to the sales.

After an internal audit, the Chicago-based Equity Lifestyle Properties, fired its regional manager Jeff Wehrung in Oregon in January, per AP, but the Register-Guard says it is unclear if Wehrung quit voluntarily or was terminated.

ELS says it’s cooperating with investigators.

Because of pending legal claims, the various parties involved are making only limited statements about the matter, summarized by the above.

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“The Enemies Within,” Pacific Freedom Foundation, Author Trevor Loudon

February 23rd, 2018 Comments off

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I’m a political researcher from Christchurch New Zealand. I believe in freedom…” says author Trevor Loudon about himself.

Loudon’s book, “Barack Obama and the Enemies Within“ currently gets 4.1 stars from readers on Amazon.

His next book, “Enemies Within: Communists, Socialists and Progressives in the U.S. Congress,” enjoys a 4.4 star rating among Amazon readers. It is this second book, a whopping 700 page read, that the 78 minute video posted with this article is based upon.

The Enemies Within” is designed to show American voters exactly how modern communism works and how it impacts on your life, every single day. Just how do the communists win big on things like Obamacare and immigration “reform,” which go completely against the wishes of the American people?” – says the review on Goodreads.

Trevor Loudon’s research has been cited by Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, countless articles, blog posts and in books by well known authors Paul Kengor, Aaron Klein and Jerome Corsi. He has given countless radio interviews and addressed audiences in more than 30 states in his four tours of the United States,” per Goodreads.

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Trevor Loudon speaks on internal subversion, communism and socialism, national security, culture and constitutional conservatism,” that review concludes.

Could your congressman pass an FBI security check? That’s the question anti-communist researcher, author, and now filmmaker Trevor Loudon from New Zealand poses in his documentary The Enemies Within,” writes Christian Gomez in the New American.

Based upon his second book, The Enemies Within: Communists, Socialists and Progressives in the U.S. Congress, Loudon’s film exposes the far-left and outright communist connections, as well as radical Islamic ties, of numerous Democratic members of Congress,” says Gomez.

The Daily Business News has done some basic background checks on this author and his video, as the above reflects.

The left-of-center Washington Post has a review by columnist Dana Milbank of Loudon’s Obama analysis that said in part, “The charges [against Obama] ranged from the absurd to the merely questionable.”

Keep in mind that Amazon’s Jeff Bezos own the Washington Post, and had Warren Buffett on their board of directors for 37 years, until he stepped down a few years ago.

To say it The Enemies Within is controversial would be accurate.  The interviews below contains clips from the full length movie, which is available on Amazon Prime and iTunes.

 

There are several facts known from other sources that readily confirm Loudon’s thesis.

For a documentary style video, it makes good use of numerous, short, hard-hitting interview and video clips, all of which naturally support Loudon’s premise. Several of those interviewed have expert level experience in American intelligence.

The Pacific Freedom Foundation’s (PFF)  LinkedIn Page reads in part, “The Pacific Freedom Foundation is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to unlocking the covert side of US and global politics.”

We want to expose those in American politics who are ideologically corrupt and not worthy of the public trust. We primarily focus on the backgrounds and records of American politicians who support progressives ideals rather than maintain our Constitutional government in its original intent and purpose as setforth by the Freedom fighters of yesteryear,” per the PFF LinkedIn page.  The video below is not the documentary, but is an in depth discussion by Loudon in front of a live audience.

 

 

Many of these are elected and appointed officials who those who follow American political and economic activities that you would or should know by name.

They influence or drive the policies that influence your business.

Instead of three thirty minute sit coms, or other television viewing, why not watch this video one evening?

You may not look at politics in America quite the same again.

 

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Fires, News Media Reports Impact Manufactured Housing Sales, Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI), Clayton Homes Reaction

February 14th, 2018 Comments off

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The screen capture below is a case of a picture is worth 1,000 words.  It is a composite from a page one Google search this morning for “mobile home” news.

 

Note that each of these page one search results reveals a news report that negative.   Every day, such media reports are part of the problem for the industry’s image.

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Under ‘Manufactured Housing‘ news screen capture below, the pattern shown above largely holds true.

The Tennessee Fire Marshal’s story about manufactured housing and fire dangers was number 2 today on a Google search this morning, but was a top linked search result at one point last week.

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The Daily Business News reached out to some of the media that picked up that Fire Marshal’s release.

Per a top management source at one of those news outlets contacted, when asked if the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI), or others in manufactured housing (for example, the Tennessee Manufactured Housing Association, or Clayton Homes, as this is their home state) contacted them about this news item, what did that news media’s management source tell MHProNews?

Their responses to our inquiries are shown in the screen captures shown above below.  Reportedly, nada, zip, zilch.

By contrast, MHLivingNews has done fact-based reports like the one below for years.

Avoidable Tragedies! Mobile Home Fires vs. Manufactured Home, and Conventional Housing

As noted in the graphic above, often, but not always – such communications are done by MHProNews via email. That makes ‘he said, she said’ denials later difficult.  It is routinely in black-and-white.

Weather Expert’s Surprising, Bombshell Statement on Tornado Deaths and Affordable Manufactured Homes

This pro-active outreach by MHProNews is how we broke the story on tornado deaths and mobile homes, or last year on the Michigan State University (MSU) tornado death story, to mention just two examples.

 

Urban Institute and Manufactured Housing

When the Urban Institute (UI) issued their report, they cited three reasons for manufactured housing sales to be as low as they are today. After acknowledging thatmanufactured homes could ease the affordable housing crisis. So why are so few being made? quoting the UI report:

Yet the number of manufactured units shipped remains low for three reasons.

  1. Restrictive zoning
  2. Restrictive or unavailable financing
  3. Lower appreciation…”

Why didn’t their research mention the impact of negative news media on the industry’s sales?  Arguably, it is implied in their point #1.  But it isn’t mentioned, much less a separate 4th, point.

Was the Urban Institute Misled, Duped, or Part of a Manufactured Housing Industry Scam?

How is that possible, for serious researchers? When MHLivingNews, MHProNews, and several mainstream media sources have hit that very theme as harming manufactured housing acceptance, and thus sales?

MHI told the industry that media engagement would be part of their plan for their public relations professional.  MHI’s problematic advertorials and lightly viewed YouTube videos clearly haven’t moved the new manufactured home shipments needle.

MHProNews’ publisher – at an MHI event – explained the necessity for media engagement, which includes correcting the record on negative or problematic reports or stories.

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8 million plus affordable housing units are awaiting, and there are numerous sources targeting that affordable housing market. Is MHI part of the problem, or part of the solution?

 

What does the evidence from MHI and their big company members suggest on the question above?

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Look Who’s Promoting the Good News About Manufactured Housing, While Defending Problematic Anti-MH Reports

February 13th, 2018 Comments off

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There are several developing stories with focused upon the manufactured housing industry in process.

 

Several news tips have come in, including responses from sources such as the Urban Institute.  We are giving them an opportunity today to clarify, before we publish.

Which brings up these 2 questions.

Who is telling the good news stories about the manufactured housing industry?  Because there is plenty of good news to share. Or…

Who is defending the factory built home industry against problematic reports, be it from researchers, media or whatever other sources?

Current and long-time prior Manufactured Housing Institute members, Frank Rolfe and Marty Lavin raised important concerns on how a failure to address problematic reporting – or failing to tout good news – are key issues that holding up the manufactured housing industry’s sales and growth.

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Who’s Telling the Good News?  Whose Defending the Industry?

We recently looked at the power of narratives, repeated over and over, and how they can influence and essentially brainwash those who don’t realize what is taking place.

What’s Your Manufactured Housing Narrative? Monday Morning Sales Meeting

So we will simply lay out the facts.

Who is doing more than what you see in the sampling, below?

Weather Expert’s Surprising, Bombshell Statement on Tornado Deaths and Affordable Manufactured Homes

“The Solution to the Affordable Housing Crisis is Hiding in Plain Sight”

Researchers Shake Up American Dream? Rent vs. Buy, Ken Johnson, Florida Atlantic University, Exclusive to ManufacturedHomeLivingNews

Elvis & Priscilla Presley Honeymooned in this Mobile Home

Why Are Billionaires Attracted to Manufactured Homes?

Time Travelers, and the Future of American Homes

Elected Official Explains Surprising Modern Manufactured Homes, Video Interview

Attractive Garage Additions for Manufactured Homes – Do It Right

These are just a few of the articles on MHLivingNews that Protect, Educate, and Promote (P.E.P) the manufactured home industry and its homeowners.

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Meanwhile, MHI – who has a many times greater budget and numbers of highly-paid professionals who are supposed to be doing P.E.P. for the industry, where are there similar effort, visible daily to the public?

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Lavin is an MHI award winner, and a success story in communities, retail and finance.

The truth is there for anyone who have the eyes to see.

We’re awaiting an update from the Urban Institute (UI), but note that there is only one issue they’ve raised with our reportone.  And we believe they are demonstrably mistaken about that sole issue that they raised.  UI was given links to each of the articles we’ve done that mention them, but we’ll share just this one link for now.

Was the Urban Institute Misled, Duped, or Part of a Manufactured Housing Industry Scam?

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