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Key Clayton/MHI/BO Bets Spanked, First Look at Winners & Losers

November 7th, 2018 No comments

 

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There’s work to do.

 

There are still undecided midterm races.  Some may be headed to possible recounts, or an upcoming special election.

First, we will look at the facts, then we will take a glance at what this could mean for manufactured housing (MH) and the industry’s investors.

 

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While details are still outstanding, the broad brushes are now known.

  • Democrats picked up enough seats to take control of the U.S. House of Representatives, but not as many as the GOP waves during the Clinton or Obama administration midterms.
  • The Republicans or GOP (Grand Old Party) have increased their hold on the U.S. Senate.
  • Democrats won some hard fought gubernatorial races, and will have a net gain in state houses, but Dems also lost some high-profile states.

It’s a mixed bag, with plenty of data to unpack for weeks or even months by political experts and analysts.

Some interesting and troubling factoids include, but are not limited to:

  • Former president Barack Obama campaigned in places like Florida, Indiana, Ohio, Georgia, Nevada, California, Illinois, and Pennsylvania.
  • The Netflix-contract beneficiaries -Barack and Michelle Obama’s will earn millions from Netflix millions for years – had results that were decidedly mixed.

Mr. Obama campaigned for Democrats like:

  • Mayor Andrew Gillum, who conceded his race to now Governor-Elect, Ron DeSantis.
  • Stacey Abrams, in Georgia – a higher volume MH state – had stars like Oprah Winfrey came for her too. Abrams has yet to concede the gubernatorial race as this is being written, but trails.
  • Former CFPB director Richard Cordray went down in Ohio to a relative unknown POTUS Trump backed Republican for the governor to replace never-Trump Kasich.
  • Former president Obama embraced Senator Joe Donnelly (IN-D), who lost to relative unknown Mike Braun, who was strongly backed by President Donald J. Trump.
  • Bottom line, in several battle ground (tossup) states, key candidates the 44th president campaigned for, lost. In some states that are strongly Democratic, or are tilting more blue, candidates Mr. Obama backed won.
  • It has to be said that some of Mr. Obama’s campaign events were small to tiny compared to those of President Trump. That has to be a point of concern for Democratic strategists, and by contrast is a bright spot for POTUS Trump, who is his party’s single biggest draw.
  • Some polling was clearly off, while others performed better.

President Donald J. Trump expanded his lead by several seats in the Senate.  These were also other victories in key states he personally campaigned in.

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For example, in Florida, Ron DeSantis is the Governor-elect there. In the primaries, POTUS Trump backed DeSantis over popular Adam Putnam. That bet paid off.

In states like Indiana, Missouri, North Dakota, Tennessee and Texas, GOP candidates that faced huge fundraising disadvantages that Democratic billionaires wanted, the D’s fell short.  That includes Beto O’Rourke (D) in Texas, which was highlighted for months by the left-of-center media. O’Rourke could still end up as part of a packed field for 2020 among Democratic presidential hopefuls.

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By the way, the political race across the board for 2020 is underway.

 

Spanked! Clayton/Buffett/MHI/Billionaires Beaten in Other Key Races

The Clayton-MHI and Buffett-Billionaire Democratic donor class bet on unseating:

  • Andy Barr in KY 6, they lost in a race that President Donald Trump personally campaigned for in the midterm run-up.
  • Now Senator-Elect Marsha Blackburn, who was opposed by the Claytons, even though she and Barr had both carried water for them and MHI in Congress for Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing.
  • Joe Donnelly (IN-D), who was a long-time beneficiary of MHI and their allies largess.

There are several candidates that MHI backed candidates, like Secretary Hillary Clinton’s VP, Tim Kaine, that won. But he won in a reliably blue district.

Perhaps among the more important reveals in this past few months, thanks to MHProNews fact-checks and “Follow the Money” Research is this. MHI, the Clayton’s, Warren Buffett and his fellow Democratic billionaires have been exposed for their arguably duplicitous behavior.

Was Manufactured Housing Advocate Congressman Andy Barr Backstabbed?

 

For examples, see the links above and below.

 

“He’s Lying,” Campaign Insider Video – “Don’t Do Politics?” Tell Jim Clayton, Phil Bredesen, and Marsha Blackburn, Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act Supporter

 

Keep in mind, ex-and current MHI members or former Clayton team members have said to MHProNews that this kind of behavior isn’t just reserved for politics.  As but one example, ICYMI or need a refresher, is the example below.

 

Expose! Why Has Warren Buffett/BH Funded Anti-MHC Activists, MHAction? Why Fund Attacks on ELS, Frank Rolfe, Blackstone Group?

 

Some Other Midterm Issues of Interest to MHVille

Some ballot propositions that bear some closer looks for the future are:

  • Prop 10 in California goes down.
  • Prop 4 in FL giving former felons the vote passed.

Another interesting factoid is this. In West Virginia, Joe Manchin (D) vote for Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court, and held his seat. Several battleground state Democrats in the Senate who voted against Kavanaugh, lost.

Representative Mia Love, a conservative Black Republican in conservative stronghold Utah is undecided.  She trails her Democratic challenger, Ben McAdams, that may take days to sort out, per the Salt Lake City Tribune.

Another wildcard?  Mitt Romney, who blasted President Trump during the 2016 campaign, publicly made up as he was considered for Secretary of State by then President-Elect Trump won his race in UT.  Will he be the next John McCain/Jeff Flake Republican? Time will tell.

An estimated 113 million voted, per ABC News.  But only some 13 percent of 18 to 39 year olds voted. That often-played card – that the youth vote would pour out this time – was once more elusive, a drag more on the Democrats who court that block.

We surfed between Fox, CNN, and MSNBC last night.  CNN talking heads, for example, admitted that this was not a “blue wave,” though they were clearly thrilled at the victories in the House.

There were states where far left candidates won, like Vermont or Maryland, but so did GOP gubernatorial candidates in those same states. Interesting? You bet.

 

Overall, It’s a Mixed Bag, With Possible Silver Linings

What is certain is that the Team Trump, with far fewer dollars than the Democrats, stopped those who claimed that the Senate would be lost, where the GOP picked up seats.  From the perspective of the Oval Office, if you must have a divided Congress, holding the Senate was the more important win for the Trump Agenda.  POTUS Trump can now more easily get his nominees for the courts and his cabinet.

An underreported point among almost all media is that several of the Democrats positioned themselves as moderates, or even embracing some of the Trump agenda. That’s arguably a ruse, but it worked for some candidates, while it failed for others.  For example, outgoing Senator Claire McCaskill (MO-D) literally called some of her fellow candidates “those crazy Democrats,” while saying she would support the president on border issues.

It ended up pretty-close to what MHProNews projected, with the GOP Senate lead expanding.  It appears as of this time that 9 of the 11 candidates that President Trump campaigned for in the last week before the midterms saw the GOP candidate win. That’s a history-bucking trend.

 

Lee Carter’s Insights 

We will look in the days ahead at Lee Carter’s insights on the how differently Democrats, Republicans and Independents can “hear” exactly the same thing.  This played a role in the midterms, indeed, in every election for some years.

But it is also an insight for manufactured housing professionals.  Those are among the reasons we will look at that, because it one of the keys to better understanding how more votes – and more customers – can be obtained.

Enough for now to say that messages have to be crafted that break-through the noise that opposition or years of misinformation.

 

Wins and Losses, Lessons and Initial Look Ahead

Each side has interesting or troubling victories and losses. Some quick takes are as follows, each of which has significant meaning for manufactured housing industry professionals. We’ll bullet these for now.

 

  • Education can work. Those who followed the Trump Rallies should know they were informative for those who attended and tuned in. He also kept them interesting, often using humor, and kept the crowds engaged.
  • Track records are helpful, but are sadly not bullet proof.
  • President Trump does have coattails, but there are limits.
  • The lack of full unity among the GOP cost some seats that may have been won or held. While there are exceptions, some losses in Congress were by lukewarm Trump supporters.  For example, it is questionable if Ted Cruz would have won absent the 45th President’s support.  Why in still red Texas?  One read is that Cruz’s track record with POTUS Trump was problematic.
  • Money, deception, lies, and propaganda can work, but they are not omnipotent. This bullet deserves several stars by it.
  • That facts and education can still defeat propaganda and money, and are hopeful signs.

 

What MHProNews spotlighted for months was that freebies still hold appeal to tens of millions of voters. Some openly socialist candidates won, while others lost.  Some who backed single-payer healthcare or what some dub “Medicare for all” – socialized medicine – worked often enough for Democrats to expect that to continue to be a theme for their party.

 

Thomas Sowell, Ph.D. Economist, Thinker,

Collage credit, Wikipedia and MHProNews.com.

 

Education has to be ongoing. Otherwise, endless propaganda, billionaires and big money can win out.  Another takeaway was the relevance of the related report, linked further below.

 

 

The Upcoming Lame Duck Session?

What will be something important to watch is what happens in the lame duck session, before the new Congress is seated.  Can President Trump get any legislation he wants through during the next few weeks?  While recent history would suggest that is a challenge, the president is a fighter. Stay tuned.

 

 

What Lies Ahead for America, and MHVille?

As this is being written, markets are up.  A split Congress means that Democrats can’t impeach the president, thought several of their candidates promised to make his life miserable for the next two years. Hearings of all kinds could follow in the House.  Will it slow or stop the America First agenda?

Will there be any bipartisanship on issues like infrastructure?

What will happen on hot topics like the FHFA and the GSEs? This is an issue that will impact MHVille, see the related report, linked below.

 

Conflict of Interests? MHI’s, MHARR’s Most Recent Statements on Controversial GSE Lending, House Financial Services Committee Chairman Weighs In

 

There are several items we will be unpacking in the days ahead.  For example, it is an open question as to the impact of hundreds of billions of investing dollars that were flowing into the U.S. this year as a result of the Trump tax cuts and regulation agenda.  Democrats can’t undo that agenda, those laws are in place and are, for now, safe.  But are they threatened in the foreseeable future?

Markets and investors will be sorting that out, as they look at the tea-leaves.

The Trump-Republican economic platform has been performing.  That message didn’t entirely break through. And therein lies a challenge for manufactured housing and the nation.

The rule of law was essentially on the ballot. The rule of law, arguably benefits our industry, while a lack of it harms it. Socialist ideals, picking and choosing which laws and private property rights are enforced all matter to MHVille professionals.

It is also misinformation that lies at the heart of several of the victories for Democrats. It is misinformation, Capital/lending manipulation, and failure to enforce existing laws that have harmed manufactured housing.

POTUS’ tweets post-election are a riot.  For those who lack a sense of humor, don’t bother looking, but he’s clearly just begun to fight.

We put our boots back on this morning, because the split-decision lays a potential framework for future victories.

We’ll examine some note of those opportunities for the industry, as we continue to unpack this midterm in the days ahead. Of course, that will come along with our continuing industry-leading coverage of other  issues and news that impact manufactured housing.

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Painful or Pleasurable Discoveries, True Manufactured Home Confession

October 26th, 2018 Comments off

 

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Think back to the moment in time when you first discovered modern manufactured homes.

 

Was it an “Aha!” moment?

 

This writer has told the story to live audiences from border-to-border of how I stumbled upon manufactured homes. It was an eye opening, exciting moment for me professionally. I didn’t even realize that I was looking for a new career until I saw those new homes on South Shields Blvd. in Oklahoma City’s ‘mobile home row.’

They weren’t mobile homes when I saw them, they were HUD Code manufactured homes. But sadly in the early 1980s, as now in 2018, many used the incorrect terminology. But the point is I was immediately fascinated by what I saw, and I got into this amazing industry as quickly as I could.

Fast forward. Over the years, MHLivingNews and MHProNews has spotlighted certain figures who embraced pre-HUD Code mobile home living, post-HUD Code manufactured homes, and/or some other kind of modular/prefab housing.

Among them this year was U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (NC-R).

In a Senate oversight hearing with HUD Secretary Ben Carson, Senator Tillis told part of his own family’s story about growing up in what he described as a mobile home.

It was a potentially useful story for the manufactured housing industry. We created a video of that, shown below, which has been posted previously on MHLivingNews.com and MHProNews.com too.  ICYMI or need a refresher for yourself or others, they are posted below.

 

 

“Move, Open, Live” De Rose Industries & Senator Thom Tillis’ Mobile Home Comments

 

So why hasn’t the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI), which claims to represent all of Factory-Built Housing, have no mention of Senator Tillis at all on their website?  This graphic below is a composite from their website, earlier this morning.

 

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I joined MHI at the urging of Ken Rishel and George Allen, about 8 years ago. Last I asked George, he is no longer a member of MHI. But Allen makes it no secret that he gladly takes whatever MHI dollars are passed in his direction.

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Left to right, L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach, Don Westphal, Ken Rishel, and George Allen. Louisville 2011. For a relatively short period of time, Rishel, Allen and Kovach were doing a level of collaboration in publishing.  At the time of this photo, all four were MHI members.

I joined MHI with the notion of making a positive difference. Of being with others that presubmably wanted to see the industry grow to its true potential. Years later, with attendance at numerous MHI meetings every year, what was witnessed was the same old, same old, meeting-after-meeting, time-after-time.

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The research published by Realtor University reflects that not only has manufactured home shipments at historic lows, but the percentage of sales compared to all other housing sales are at historic lows too. While the industry can be happy about ‘growth,’ it is growth from just under 50,000 shipments.  When the National Association of Realtors (NAR) Chief Economist Lawrence Yun says that there is a need for 8.3 million housing units, and manufactured housing may only achieve some 100,000 (+/-) shipments, one must ask, how is that possible?  There is an ancient expression, “cui bono,” Latin for “who benefits?” It is used in searching for possible suspects in a crime.  Who benefited from low new manufactured home shipments?  Certainly not the vast majority of the independents of the manufactured home industry.

 

Yes, the networking at MHI was enjoyable.

  • But where was the progress that was being made on the industry’s key issues?
  • Where was the progress being made on zoning, on placement, on public education, or improved financing options?

Among the painful things that happen in life is the discovery of some kind of betrayal. Most adults over the age of 30 will likely have encountered friends, family, co-workers, members of their church or place of worship that have endured the discovery of a cheating spouse, a partner who stole from them, a dishonest employee, etc.

It is painful, isn’t it?

But is it better to know of the betrayal? Or is it better to go on in ignorance, while someone continues to steal or otherwise break faith?

There are stages of grieving, we are told by experts. Among them is denial.

 

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We know members in each of these 5 stages, how about you?

 

A common thread for many a cheating spouse, the theft of workers, or from dishonest partners is that they the dishonest one is posturing the opposite of what they in fact are.

MHI has also had Congressman Andy Barr as an apt spokesperson. Rep. Barr has also been on CSPN type videos, telling the Manufactured Housing story well. I’ve met Barr personally. He seems like a true gentleman. He has personal stories – favorable – about manufactured home living.

A search of the MHI website reveals links to stories about Rep. Barr’s support of the MHI sponsored bill, the Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act.

But Congressman Barr is among those targeted by the political left for elimination.

 

Was Manufactured Housing Advocate Congressman Andy Barr Backstabbed?

 

Marsha Blackburn, who is fighting to take the Senate seat being vacated by Bob Corker (TN-R), is also a target of the left and their allies. These are just two of those who have been loyal to MHI.  But Clayton has thrown in with Rep. Blackburn’s opponent.  Why?

 

“He’s Lying,” Campaign Insider Video – “Don’t Do Politics?” Tell Jim Clayton, Phil Bredesen, and Marsha Blackburn, Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act Supporter

 

Clayton, and other deep pocket Democratic donors, are tossing their money and support behind the opponent of a loyal MHI supporter.  ICYMI, or need to share the evidence with a colleague, those are linked for your easy reference of the data, evidence, and facts.

If the powers that be behind MHI do such things to others, why would any MHI member think they won’t do it to you?

If you’ve been in the industry for over a decade, and you attended several state association meetings in those days, the odds are good that you know several people who were knocked out of business in ways that critics say violate antitrust laws.  But don’t take anyone else’s word for or allegations for that claim.  See the evidence for yourself – found in the words of 21st Mortgage’s CEO – Tim Williams – or the words of Warren Buffett, or the words of  Kevin Clayton. Go to the source evidence.  That’s what an objective journalist or honest researcher is supposed to do too.

 

Smoking Gun 3 – Warren Buffett, Kevin Clayton, Clayton Homes, 21st Mortgage Corp Tim Williams – Manufactured Home Lending, Sales Grab?

 

There is a school of thought that no problem should be presented without a solution. Let me present two thoughts, steps toward solutions, which are interrelated.

Tonight, there will be Trump MAGA Rally at 7 PM ET, in Charlotte, NC.  Unless you are highly connected, it is likely already too late to get in the doors.  But typically one of the CSPAN channels (CSPAN2), or a YouTube Channel search for “Trump Rally Charlotte,” will turn up a live feed.  If you hate, love or are uncertain about the president and his agenda, why not be open-minded enough to give 75 to 90 minutes to seeing one for yourself?

At the end of each POTUS Trump rally, once the president has finished speaking, a song starts to play.  “You can’t always get what you want.” Part of the lyrics of that song are, “but if you try sometimes, you might find you get what you need.

President Trump is more pragmatic, and a lot funnier, than many give him credit for being. The 45th president knows not everyone voted for him, or supported him.  You don’t always get what you wanted.

But sometimes, you find that you get what you need.  Pragmatic, pro-business, pro-worker, “America First” policies are what our nation has needed for years.  Don’t close your mind, just watch for the roughly 75 to 90 minutes (+/-) that the president and whoever he his highlighting will speak.

Watch the crowds.  On Right Side Broadcasting, a YouTube Channel, they often pan the crowds at a Trump Rally.  There are similar themes, but no two Trump rallies are the same.

Then, comes the next step.

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In less than 2 weeks, the midterms will be decided.

I took my 12-year-old son to the polls yesterday for early voting. The line was stunning, but we waded in. An aspect of that will be told on the Masthead, perhaps this weekend. But sufficient for now is this. That man my son is photographed with below is a Vietnam Veteran. The man with the MAGA hat on in the background to the right, who indicated their preferences without being asked. These were just some of those who by listening or from observation in line to vote revealed themselves to be supporters of those who support President Trump.  There were no doubt Democratic voters in that line, but there were people of various ethnic groups that were talking about issues like immigration. We made no speeches, we listened and observed. It was interesting to see a Latino family, for instance, saying that they supported a border wall. Other self-described legal immigrants made similar statements.

 

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I didn’t even realize it until after the photo, but the Vietnam Veteran put his hat on my son Tamas’ head for the picture. We make it a habit to thank every veteran we can, and to thank every uniformed law enforcement officer too. Our son is learning that habit, with joy, as you can see.

 

The Manufactured Housing Connection

Our industry is a solution for millions of Americans.  In our area, over 20 percent of the population live in a pre-HUD Code mobile home, or a post-HUD Code manufactured home.  Look at that line in the photo above and think, one in five that you see were statistically living in our industry’s product.

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that we have a great industry who’s story is being inadequately told by the national association that claims to be promoting them.  If the story was being well told, our sales would be no less than 5 to 10 times greater than it is.

That’s realistic, and pragmatic.

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize what painfully dawned on me as an MHI member. Call me slow, too trusting, 0r both. Thankfully, there are voices at and in MHI who ‘educated’ me as to the true nature of that Arlington, VA based organization. I hereby thank them all again for their patiently sharing their own – sometimes painful – realities with me.

Some of them told me their own stories of betrayal. I listened. That’s how someone like myself goes from being a supporter to a fact-checker and skeptic.

The second short-term next step is to vote against all of those who play the ‘progressive’ political card that Tim Williams, President and CEO of 21st Mortgage and prior MHI Chairman, rightfully condemned.

 

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Notice. One can agree with 21st Mortgage CEO and prior MHI Chairman Tim Williams’ presentation, from which the slide above was taken with permission, while still questioning how it came to be that Williams was being intellectually at odds with Berkshire Hathaway Chairman, Warren Buffett. To see all of William’s informative slides, click the graphic above. http://www.MHProNews.com/industry-news/industry-in-focus/is-tim-williams-21st-mortgage-ceo-mhi-chair-at-odds-with-berkshire-hathaway-chairman-warren-buffett

 

That is done by voting for those who support a president who is standing by Representatives Andy Barr, Marsha Blackburn and others. As political independents, we are standing by those who pledge support of a president who visited a manufactured home community, and praised those great people there.

We support an administration who removed Pam Danner, thanks to the repeated nudging of MHARR.

 

Greener, Stylish Manufactured Homes – Hidden Facts in the Washington Post Manufactured Housing Narrative

 

Of an administration that had HUD Secretary Carson pledge a new era of cooperation with manufactured housing.

Where are all those great stories – like those we’ve shared, with a fraction of MHI’s budget – on the MHI website?

  • The realization of betrayal is a painful, but eventually useful, thing.
  • The next step? Watch that rally.
  • Then, vote wisely and pragmatically. You can’t always get what you want.  But if you try sometime, you get what you need.

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Tony is the multiple award-winning managing member of LifeStyle Factory Homes, LLC, the parent company to MHProNews, and MHLivingNews.com.

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MHI Members Scour Capitol Hill for Support

February 21st, 2014 Comments off

One of the highlights of the Manufactured Housing Institute’s (MHI) Winter Meeting Feb. 9-11 was the day manufactured housing professionals from the entire spectrum of the industry visited Capitol Hill to speak directly with their Congressional representatives. After a breakfast/pep talk with Rep. Andy Barr (R-KY), a member of the House Committee on Financial Services and supporter of HR 1779, MHI members fanned out, seeking support for the industry in nearly 100 meetings with Senate and House members. The Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act, S. 1828, garnered six Senate co-sponsors: Joe Manchin (D-WV), Rand Paul (R-KY), Lamar Alexander (R-KY), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), and Dan Coats (R-IN). MHProNews.com understands 108 members of the House have already signed on as co-sponsors of 1779.

Leo Poggione, President of Craftsman Homes said, “It is always more effective if your representatives hear your voice in a face-to-face situation. We are probably in the midst of one of the biggest turning points of our industry in the last 20 years and Hill visits are absolutely vital to our survival as an industry.”

Said Brad Shechtman of AMHC Management: “The most important aspect of our visits to the Hill are the stories we can tell about ordinary folks trying to buy affordable quality homes that our industry offers. It was refreshing to see how the congressional staffers and lawmakers thoroughly enjoyed the education, statistics and information we provided about manufactured housing. When we are successful at painting the picture for our friends on the Hill, it is more likely we can influence policy.” ##

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