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“Playing Politics” – Immigration, Border Battle, and Manufactured Housing

January 11th, 2019 No comments



What happens with jobs, businesses, stock markets, and the economy clearly have an impact on the nation, of which manufactured housing is a part.


For close readers of the Daily Business News evening market report here on MHProNews, there is a notably strong corollary between what the broader markets do, and what occurs with manufactured housing connected equities. While one could debate if that should be so or not, in rears, it is so.


Investor relations and quarterly statements by publicly trade firms involved in manufactured housing often cite the jobs market or broader economic conditions as a factor in their firm’s performance.  These are among the reasons for the evolution of our evening market report plus some special reports that are “News Through the Lens of Manufactured Homes, and Factory-Built Housing.” © Broader economic, political, and market conditions most certainly impact manufactured, modular and prefab homes. 

ICE raids on factory-builders are just one direct example of how immigration and border policies touch upon the manufactured home industry.


Reports – ICE Raids Factory Builders

Another is the presence of undocumented, falsely documented, or illegal aliens at manufactured home (MH) sales centers and who are living in thousands of MH communities.


Who is Playing Politics?

The answer to this question is simple. Both major parties are playing politics.

Democrats and Republicans alike are hoping to score points for the 2020 election, since campaigns are de facto already underway.  Each side has media allies that are carrying water for them.  

That noted, the better question is what is the correct policy for the border and immigration?   To explore that, we’ll begin with each sides claims. Here are the two videos from the President Trump’s Address to the Nation on the border issue, and the Democratic response. We’ll let the Democratic video go first. This version from the Washington Post had 988,348 views as of 4:53 PM ET on 1.11.2018.  



Next video is the President Trump’s address from the Oval Office.  This Fox News version of the video has had 507,544 view as of 4:57 PM ET, on 1.11.2019.  The Deadline said that some 41 million Americans watched this under 9 minutes live. That same source said that the total viewers that watched the Democratic response topped that who viewed the president’s address.  



Those high viewer numbers reflect what a recent AP NORC poll said, that immigration is among the top issues on the minds of Americans of all political stripes.



The poll found that 65 percent of Republicans say immigration is one of the top five problems facing the country, up from 42 percent in 2017. Among Democrats, 37 percent cite immigration as a top issue, compared with just 2 in 10 a year ago,” said ABC 5.

Roughly two-thirds of those who named immigration as a top priority express little confidence in the government to make progress this year, including a third who say they are “not at all” confident,” per ABC 5 on that AP-NORC poll. “About a third say they are at least moderately confident in the government to make progress on immigration.”


Facts, Figures, and Political Posturing

When former President Barack Obama’s new home in metro Washington, D.C. was acquired, the Obamas had a wall built for enhanced security. The White House is behind a fence.  It is common for the rich and famous to fence or wall of their properties as part of the security.

There are videos of former Senator and President Barack Obama supporting border security that included double fencing, roads, and other measures. It is foolish for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, or former Senator and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to argue that a border barrier is immoral, racist, or anything else, when they have all supported legislation that included fencing.

There is also no doubt that the candidate Donald J. Trump said that Mexico would pay for the wall. The President also said that he would own the shutdown of the federal government. These are indisputable. It is also true that the border barriers won’t stop all drugs or other illegal activities from occurring.

Border agents, years of actual history along fenced parts of the border, and the experiences of other nations all demonstrate that fencing and walls work. Locks on your door won’t keep out everyone that means to do you or your possessions harm. But we don’t remove doors or locks just because they are not 100 percent effective.

Illegal immigration is costly to America’s citizens. It has proven fatal or deadly to thousands harmed by the small percentage of criminals who come into the U.S. via the southern border.


A Democrat representative said this week that the calls into one of his district’s office for border control was running about 10 to 1 in favor of fencing, barriers, or a wall.

The law of supply and demand tells us that more low cost, low skill labor harms the earning power of other workers.  It is worth noting that both sides claim to want to improve the flow of needed, higher skill workers.



Talk radio king Rush Limbaugh reported floated a surprising ‘solution’ to the border debate standoff. And it requires no fencing, barriers, or walls. 

The solution, he opined, perhaps somewhat tongue-in-cheek “…enforce the law.” 

  • Mandatory eVerify. No hiring of any workers that don’t have legal status and the proper documents to go with it.
  • No healthcare, education, housing assistance, or any other benefits for undocumented foreign nationals.


Style may bother some people, but facts and common sense should rule. 


The video below from left-of-center CNBC explains that in 3 weeks, the shutdown could cost the nation more than the $5.6 billion that President Trump is asking for in border and related security funding.



There are good odds that President Trump will declare a state of emergency, and attempt to build the wall that way.

There are equally good odds that it will be challenged in a court by Democrats where they will expect a favorable ruling. Then a new phase of the struggle over the border issue begins in the courts.  

Both sides have played politics, but the rationale for border security, immigration enforcement, and some common sense solution to those illegals who are already here should take place. The rest are details and commentary.  We Provide, You Decide.” © ## (News, analysis, and commentary.)



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Nathan & Mary Lee Chance Smith, Leaders in ‘Anti-Trump Resistance,’ Manufactured Housing Impact?

December 3rd, 2018 Comments off



Nathan Smith, caption says in part, “KY Democratic Committeeman Nathan Smith at important CNN DNC debate live tonight.” What have Nathan Smith, Warren Buffett, Kevin Clayton and other ‘connected’ industry professionals actually done for manufactured housing?

If it walks like a duck, and talks like a duck, chances are, it’s a duck.


It’s useful, because of the insights revealed.

What’s useful?  The costly Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) self-defense, self-promotion video is arguably a fine razzle dazzle production. Their video obviously reflects the issues MHI’s leadership and backers are sensitive about.

What MHI’s video attempts is to deflect or distract from topics that:

  • MHARR – the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform,
  • the newly-forming national manufactured home community owners association, NMHCO,
  • MHIdea – independent dealers opposing the monopolistic practices of Berkshire Hathaway and Berkshire dominated MHI,
  • and MHProNews among others – including MHI members – have raised for years.


The Nathan Smith Connection

Among the Arlington, VA based national trade group’s leaders is former MHI Chairman, Nathan Smith.

SSK Communities partner Nathan Smith and his wife Mary are self-proclaimed leaders of the anti-Trump resistance movement. They do fundraisers for candidates, and personally donate to campaigns. While personal giving matters, fundraising magnifies their widely noted political impact in KY and beyond.

Former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, has been to the Smiths home for fundraising.

Here’s what Cincinnati, part of the USA Today news group, had to say.

Northern Kentucky mover-and-shaker Nathan Smith is known for hosting big-name, high-dollar Democratic fundraisers at his Fort Mitchell home. But as part of the Trump resistance, he and his wife, Mary Lee Chance Smith, are doing more now. The Smiths have created “Project Run,” a day-long free training program for Kentucky Democrats interested in running for elected office at any level. Project Run will hold its first training program from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 23 at Madison Avenue Christian Church, 1530 Madison Avenue, Covington.”




Among those candidates that Nathan and his wife Mary Lee Chance Smith reportedly supported?





Amy McGrath.



McGrath was running against Congressman Andy Barr (KY-R).  What’s surprising to innocent eyes is that Representative Barr led-the-charge for MHI in their now quietly shelved Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act.

Barr is a Congressman spotlighted in MHI’s video, saying pro-Manufactured Housing things in Congress.



Screen capture – still – from new MHI self-defense, self-promotion video.


Barr won, despite the back-stab by his purported MHI ‘supporters.’ By contrast, President Donald J. Trump personally campaigned with Barr, prior to the 2018 midterms.


Was Manufactured Housing Advocate Congressman Andy Barr Backstabbed?


Another prominent politician in the MHI video?




Screen capture from MHI self-defense, self-promotion video.


Now defeated Joe Donnelly, Democratic Senator from Indiana. Besides getting support from MHI, former President Barack Hussein Obama campaigned for Donnelly. By contrast, President Trump campaigned for businessman Mike Braun, in a successful effort to unseat Donnelly.

In under 500 words and a few photos are an emerging picture. MHI insiders are using what’s arguably been called the rope-a-dope against the independent members of their own industry.



With that backdrop, the Nathan Smith video interview clip reveals their monopolistic aim, as he admits MHI failed all too often.



Of course MHI has ‘failed.’ MHI leaders supported those opposing Preserving Access, which they claimed was needed.



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Does Google Harm Manufactured Housing? Other Forms of Free Speech?

November 30th, 2018 Comments off

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Ask anyone who is involved in manufactured housing marketing if Google influences their business, and they will tell you, “yes.”  So, does the influence and power of Google help or harm our industry? Can it confuse or mislead people about the reality of manufactured homes? The distinctions between mobile homes of the past, and the manufactured homes of today?


For example, on the right, talk-radio king, Rush Limbaugh routinely gets asked by members of his estimated 26 million strong listeners a simple question, which has no simple answer. It might be phrased like this: “How do we explain the conservative perspective to those who have been told that conservatism is evil, anti-science, racist, etc.?”

On the left, former president Barack Obama once more admitted recently to the self-evident reality that those who only consume the New York Times will think differently than those who routinely view Fox News.

It is often the question of what is and isn’t real or true.

In that mix is Google, which is the dominant search engine in the world.

Market leader Google generated 63.2 percent of all core search queries in the United States,” says Statista in 2018.



This is just one example of how Google is arguably harmful to the interests of manufactured housing and the owners of manufactured homes.


The above by the NFPA is not a perfect definition, but it is clarifying. 

There are growing concerns across the left-right divide that Google is not only a monopoly, but is harmful to businesses, as well as to the politics of our American Republic.

Into this controversy, is Prager University which have themselves claimed that Google/YouTube have unjustly targeted them.  But in an arguably wise move, this video features “former Google software engineer James Damore. He was fired for disagreeing with Google’s (left-wing) orthodoxy,” per the YouTube page this video is posted on.



This video has already had over 3 million views, as of this date. As with many of Prager’s thought provoking videos, thumbs up dwarf those who give it a negative review, in this case, by about 30 to 1.

In reply to those who ask Rush Limbaugh their question, Prager U and our publisher offer a similar perspective. It’s this:

  • One must take on a falsehood or misleading information head on, but also,
  • one must take a multiple-pronged approach that begins with the bullet above, but also uses an indirect method of engagement, that gets people to think and question their beliefs.
  • Rephrased, there is an arguable need for both a direct and an indirect way to approach sharing the truth. If, for example, the term “conservative” is deemed ‘damaged’ with some, those need to be approached in an indirect way, without dropping the term for those who believe that conservativism is good.



You must meet people where they are. Terminology must be taught and caught. Make a habit of using the correct terminology.


This issue of Google, bias, and truth telling are one of the larger, yet underdiscussed, issues that our industry and the USA faces today. To learn more, see related reports, linked further below.  That’s “News through the lens of manufactured homes, and factory-built housing,” © where “We Provide, You Decide.” ©. (News, analysis, and commentary.)

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Markets, Money, Medicinal, Madness, and Manufactured Housing

October 30th, 2018 Comments off



The markets have been sliding in recent days. But why? The fundamentals of the economy and most companies on the exchanges are good.


If you are over 35, and think back, you’ve seen this rodeo market-madness before. A few people already have – or soon will – benefit from this so-called “market correction.”  Those blanks can be filled in later.

A man guns down worshipers in a Jewish synagogue in Pittsburgh, PA. Why? That isn’t relative, it isn’t a matter of opinion. It tragically happened last weekend. One can flashback to a madman walking into a church in South Carolina, or another who did something sadly similar in Texas. The common point for all three is that the shooters justified their own misguided behavior.

A woman, man, or child is diagnosed with an illness. It’s real, that illness isn’t an matter of opinion. Be it temporary or incurable, changes occur in someone’s life, perhaps the lives of several people.

Medicine exists because of science. Medicine and science are predicated on the understanding that reality can be known. Houses stand – or fall – due to science. Manufactured homes are built based upon principles of engineering. One can recognize the behavior of a ‘madman,’ because there is at some level a deeper knowledge of ‘what is right and what is wrong.’

When people lament the lack of civil discourse in politics, part of the challenge is that two world-views are clashing. Are there absolute truths? Or is all truth ‘relative?’

The notion of relativism is a sad fallacy, and the examples above disprove the fundamental underpinnings of relativism. The markets have fallen. People lost money. People died in those places of worship. It would be delusional to think otherwise. Truth is what is real.

The video on relativism below isn’t perfect, but it is useful. It uses stark examples to shake people into realizing that there is a moral right and wrong. That moral truth comes from a Creator of all things. Millions have watched it, and it’s well rated.




The universe exists. Why? What existed before the universe? There is a simple principle found in science, mathematics or philosophy. Here it is. “From nothing, nothing comes.”

There is cause and effect. Nothing comes from nothing. You don’t ask a fireplace for heat, until you first put in wood, kindling, and light the flammable material to start fire. You don’t write a check for more money than is in your bank account, or your overdraft limit. From nothing, nothing comes.

The universe exists because an all-powerful Cause brought it into existence. That First Cause established a moral universe. People are free to choose between right and wrong.  But there are clear consequences to choosing what is wrong. America’s founders weren’t perfect, but they understood this principle very well. They understood too that a just society had to be founded on a lived faith that inspires morality.

Reality is what is. Right and wrong are real. Right and wrong are not ‘relative.’ Personal taste is relative – for example, you like this food but not that one. But there are absolute right and wrong. Ideally, the concepts of right and wrong are what laws are based upon. Then good laws should be justly enforced.

We may learn in time that the so-called market correction we’ve seen in recent days is perhaps an ‘October surprise.’ The strongest argument for the 45th president and his party is a strong economy. Shaking that belief in a sound economy, some voters still on the fence could decide to vote Democratic instead of Republican. Keep in mind that this writer is a political independent, but a pragmatic one.

If it sounds sinister to think that markets can be manipulated, haven’t those over the age of 35 lived through some things that are similar before?  For example, the causes of the crash of 2008 were not mysterious.  They were known to several, but not all, in advance. Those who knew and kept on going weren’t stopped by those who warned against it.  How where the guilty punished?  Yet, trillions in assets were lost by millions, and they were later regained by others. That is a matter of history only a decade ago, and we better learn from it.



The video above was published on Sept 24, 2008.  Note our prior Daily Business News report linked below the timeframe when Warren Buffett sold his interests in the GSEs?


Warren Buffett, Charlie Munger, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Berkshire Hathaway Backstory


You don’t normally blame the victim of a crime. You look for the criminal instead. One doesn’t blame the ill patient. Rather, you look for the cause of the illness, and with the patient’s cooperation, determine the cause and best treatment options. America is infected by several false notions.  Only steady doses of the truth – of reality – will set more people free.

Moral relativism isn’t the only problem that faces America, along with much of the world. But moral relativism is a real problem. The solution?  It is better to light one candle – by sharing an article and video like this he – than it is to curse the darkness.  It is better to enlighten some, than to do nothing.

We’ve reported for some time how manufactured housing is a victim, to a certain degree, of manipulation of people’s perceptions of reality. Realty and truth matter.

Manufactured housing is also a victim of a manipulation of forces beyond the means of most everyone in this industry to impact. That is why ‘causes and effects’ must be understood in the light of fact-checks. Then, based upon reason, prudent planning and action can occur.


Still from the short but insightful video report, posted above. That video was from Sept of 2008.

About one week from today, the masters of most U.S. media, the major players in tech, the internet, and the richest people in America will find out – along with the rest of us – the result of most races in the House and Senate. Fear is being used to motivate the voters of both major parties. But common sense is being called for consistently by one political leader, and that would be the outsider that successfully challenged the political math of Washington, D.C. in 2016. That same leader has been tirelessly working to reset and improve the economic course of the nation, from years of a ‘rigged system’ madness.


Still from the short but insightful video from Fox News, posted above. That Special Report video was from Sept of 2008.

One man is leading the charge to bring back to the USA once lost jobs, lost businesses, and once lost industries.  He’s succeeded at doing what his predecessor said could not be done. Given years of dirt thrown his way, the accomplishments are astonishing.

Millions of ballots have already been cast for the 2018 midterms. In several states, early voting as measured by party registrations has favored the GOP.  That’s a fact that sadly is being under-reported.  But we hunt for facts like that, and share them so that the illusions some paint don’t become reality.

The outcome of the election isn’t certain. Both major parties are giving it their all. For example, Netflix gave former President Barack Obama a huge contract. The former president is now out campaigning for Democrats, including Andrew Gillum, who openly says he is a socialist. Socialism doesn’t work, but one party is asking Americans to believe what is proven not to be true. This too is about absolute truths, and the struggle over relativism.  Note that Netflix, part of FAANG – is one of those monopolistic brands that could be facing antitrust action in 2019.

Is it a coincidence that Netflix hired former President Obama, who is now campaigning against President Donald J. Trump’s agenda?  Follow the agendas, follow the money, follow your common sense.

Because lies told well can cause people to want to believe what isn’t true.  Before ObamaCare ever went into effect, Thomas Sowell used common sense to explain why it wouldn’t work.  Truth is black and white, but when it comes to who speaks the truth or deception– that can come from people of any background.


Thomas Sowell, Ph.D. Economist, Thinker,

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There is a need for America to return to objective reality. There is a need to reject moral relativism, and to reject the manipulative methods of a few who strain for socialism or crony capitalism over free markets. There is a need to reject the methods of those who dominate tech, and most media. One must reject the manipulations of the uber rich’s power over markets, because logically only a few are capable of manipulating the markets in the ways that are being witnessed in the past week.

That’s the principle of Occam’s Razor.


That the clarity of reason. Occam’s Razor explains that the most likely explanation is usually the correct one.




But to buy into reason, one must believe in absolute truth. That means one must buy into objective reality, and objective morality – that it is wrong to manipulate markets, money, and minds – and for that, one must believe in our God-given common sense.

With objective reality, the truth of manufactured homes potential to ease the affordable housing crisis may break through. Absent objective reason and morality, that truth can be obscured.


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Discerning and Sharing Truth, & Manufactured Housing

September 21st, 2018 Comments off



All warfare is based upon deception.”

 – Sun Tzu, philosopher, strategist in The Art of War.



“…the truth will set you free.” 

–         Jesus of Nazerth, cited in John 8:32 


 Easy doesn’t pay well.

– John Bostick, Sunshine Homes.


Arguably one of the most important challenges to manufactured housing is clarity of understanding, and the will to act upon the truth. Truth is distinct from mere feelings, bias, habit, or prejudice. Perhaps over 90 percent of the population misunderstands modern manufactured homes. That’s both a challenge and an opportunity in disguise.”  

–   L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach, industry consultant,

and publisher of, and


TruthLiesArrowsTruthisPowerDailyBusinessNewsMHproNews358Recognizing the importance of the headline above, a top man at a non-MHARR manufacturer recently said, “I’m ready for infowars.”

That wasn’t Terry Decio, who is a Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) member. But Terry Decio told MHProNews, “I’m tried of being the best kept secret. I’m ready to help house America.”

What all of the above sources agreed upon is that manufactured housing is misunderstood.

That misunderstanding is demonstrably costing the industry billions a year in additional sales.

That misunderstanding is an information or educational issue. James McGee at Deer Valley Homes, with Chet Murphree stating his agreement, said that the core issue facing manufactured housing could be boiled down to education.

Hold those thoughts.


The statistics have shifted slightly upward since this infographic was produced, but the principles remain the same. There’s billions annually in additional opportunities available for manufactured housing, but it will clearly require new methods.

Why is education, communication, ad information so important? Because how does one break through to others on issues that may be strongly believed, but that millions are nevertheless wrong about?


Click here to see the full sized infographic.

Let’s presume for the next few moments that you are among the 90 percent of Americans who believe in a first cause to the universe, a Creator who is called God. Christians, Jews, and Muslims have clear distinctions in faith, but all 3 hold this in common: a belief in an all wise and powerful Creator, who gave humanity free will.

God doesn’t make mistakes, but people do. Everyone makes mistakes, so there is a level of mercy and openness to forgive errors that is useful, necessary, and wise.


To see or download the full sized infographic, click here.

But there is also a need to discern the truth, be that truth about manufactured housing, or a topic that impacts manufactured homes, or anything else.

God gives humans emotion and reason to complement each other. Reason helps guide the will, but emotion and reason combined creates energy behind what reason discovers.



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Whenever information is in opposition, use logic.”

  • It is possible that competing claims can both be false,
  • but it is not possible for competing claims to both be true.

In medical school, one is taught to search for the truth, using the methods of reason and science.

In law school, people are taught to test the truth with logic. That said, an attorney represents clients that may or may not be acting in accordance with what is true, right, or just.

For the purposes of this column, only one point need be made that virtually everyone in manufactured housing agrees upon. That manufactured homes are widely misunderstood.

So discovering the methods of discerning the truth are what several of the charts, graphs, quotes, and videos on this post focus upon.



Ideally, journalism is also about a search for truth. Regrettably, we know from experience today that there are broad camps in journalism. News is a business. The product is information. Is that information trustworthy?

Warren Buffett is largely right about this next statement. “Chains of habit are too light to be felt until they are too heavy to be broken,” cited by BrainyQuote. Rephrased, people can be enslaved by habits and thinking. Sad, but largely true.

One can’t, nor should, deny the success of Mr. Buffett. But one can and should ask, question, and probe his impact on manufactured housing, and our nation.

Mr. Buffett has been cited as one of the 100 most influential people in America in 2012 by Time Magazine. The vast majority of manufactured housing bloggers, writers, and publications will not question Mr. Buffett in public. Why not? Is he the creator? Hardly. He was born, lives, and will die someday. He’s successful, but himself admits he’s made mistakes.

Mr. Buffett is highly intelligent. Shrewd might be a good word to describe him.

So why has Buffett:

  • a man with so much money,
  • influence,
  • and power
  • not use that influence or resources to advance the manufactured housing industry?
  • Why has he failed to routinely use his numerous Berkshire Hathaway owned media outlets to set the record straight on manufactured homes?


Why did Kevin Clayton say 7 years ago that they were ready then to do an image and education campaign? Why didn’t he and Warren Buffett do it back then?  Why did Kevin Clayton say that Warren Buffett told him that Berkshire Hathaway would be okay if Clayton Homes lost money for years?  You can see the video, documentary evidence, and several details, later in the link below.

Warren Buffett Would be Okay With Clayton Homes Losing Money, Says Kevin Clayton – But Why?


We’ll let the reader search for the truth of those questions. But make no mistake, they are among the most important questions our industry faces. See the related reports, further below.

Finally, let’s turn to one of the most vilified men in America today, President Donald J. Trump. Thomas Friedman in the New York Times said the stock market would crash if Mr. Trump became president. Numerous voices on the left, including Secretary Hillary Clinton and former President Barack Hussein Obama, also predicted doom and gloom for America if Mr. Trump became president.  Mr. Buffett took numerous public shots aimed at Donald J. Trump over the years.

But would the economic and regulatory improvements that occurred for manufactured housing in the last 20 months have taken place under Secretary Clinton?  After all, Ms. Clinton pledged more of the same policies as former President Barack Obama – so logically – wouldn’t her results be like his? Why did Warren Buffett support heavy regulations? Who benefited from those high tax and high regulation policies?



Millions love him, and believe President Trump is making the lives of tens of millions in America better.  The economy has advanced more in 20 months since Mr. Trump became president than it did under 8 years of former Presidents George W. Bush or 8 years of Barack Obama.

See the related reports, which can be read later, at the link below.

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Mind opening is a necessary skill for our industry, especially in marketing, sales, investing, and management.  Conditioning – habits – can cause someone to see the same things differently.  Habits can cause people to miss obvious, beneficial truths.

Manufactured housing will only advance to its potential when the “infowars” – the battle for the truth about our industry, and what’s kept it from achieving its potential – are understood, and then acted upon.  Those infowars are arguably taking place within manufactured housing, as well as outside of the industry.

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At MHProNews, we strive to let facts, evidence, and reason guides us. The truth isn’t always popular.


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September 14th, 2018 Comments off



CNBC reported last week that former President Jimmy Carter took aim at the Trump Administration on the important issue of affordable housing.


Low-income housing needs to be raised much higher as a priority for our country,” former President Carter said in a phone interview with Emma Newburger. “That’s the first step toward making people who are now dependent on government assistance, on welfare rolls, to get a good job and have a chance to raise their families and put their kids through school.”

Mr. Carter told CNBC that the Trump Administration is ‘ignoring a national housing crisis,’ and he urged voters to support candidates who promote affordable housing.


The Carters, HUD’s Carson, and Manufactured Housing

CNBC’s Newburger told MHProNews that the “topic [of manufactured housing] didn’t come up in the interview” with former President Carter.

By contrast, when the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) was asked to respond to former President Carter’s broadside, a HUD spokesperson offered to MHProNews the very specific answer of Secretary Carson’s strong statement of support for manufactured housing.

The HUD spokesperson who replied to the Daily Business News on MHProNews was one that has not previously spoken or messaged with MHProNews. Her reply for HUD is all-the-more interesting to investors and businesses in manufactured housing (MH) who read the tea leaves that may signal what direction the agency will take when their regulatory comments review are completed, later this year.

Those comments the spokesperson sent from Secretary Carson were previously published by the Daily Business News, and are found on HUD’s website here, or at the article with some commentary linked below.

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Mr. Carter is a prominent supporter of Habitat for Humanity. An informed source in Carter’s home state of Georgia told MHProNews that Habitat rarely uses manufactured homes, preferring to get “free labor” from those who are putting their “sweat equity” into the house that they help build. That keeps Habitat’s construction costs low.

In Habitat’s view, per our source, this combination of factors creates a greater tie of the Habitat dwelling buyer to their home and mortgage payments.

However admirable Habitat is, it obviously only scratches the surface of our nation’s affordable housing needs.  Their own data shows that the majority of their work is done in other countries, instead of here in the U.S.


It’s noteworthy that a Google search of former President Carter reveals no obvious criticism by him of the Obama Administration over their handling of affordable housing efforts.  By comparison, even some progressives criticized former President Obama for his perceived missteps at HUD regarding affordable housing. One such critique was about Shaun Donovan’s selection by former President Obama, and that source viewed Donavan as a Clinton Administration ally throwback.

So why did Mr. Carter give former President Obama a pass for 8 years, when the rate of home ownership dropped?


Where was Mr. Carter on the issue of rising rents during the Obama Administration?


Or why didn’t the former president from Plains, GA not critique Mr. Obama’s handling of the economy, debts, and deficits? During the Obama era, rental rates continued to rise. Regulatory policies during the 44th president’s term in office constrained or even crushed small businesses by the thousands, while large companies recovered and grew.  Manufactured housing has slowly recovered during the Obama years, due in part to regulatory overreaches.


Details further below will outline factors that began during the Carter Administration years, which culminated in some of the housing and mortgage issues of our era. See further below.


Yet, in an apparently partisan Democratic Party fashion, Mr. Carter’s recent blast wasn’t aimed at former President Obama for the erosion in home ownership rates.  The peanut farmer turned president from Plains didn’t take at rising rents under former President Obama. Instead, Mr. Carter attacks President Donald J. Trump?

The Trump Administration has only been in office for about 20 months.  Dozens of the 45th president’s nominees have been slow-walked by Democrats in the Senate.

Ironically, the rate of home ownership and the economy are both improving at a significant clip since Mr. Trump won the election.  So where’s the logic of Mr. Carter’s claims? CNBC apparently failed to ask – or did not report it if they did – insights into any of these salient questions.

Perhaps equally interesting is the following issue and related question.

The federal manufactured housing construction and safety standards administered by HUD had their first full year in effect during President Carter’s Administration.


There were certainly many factors that contributed to the steep drop in sales of mobile homes from their peaks in 1973 and 1974. When the HUD Code kicked in and manufactured housing was ‘born’, sales levels stayed fairly low during the Carter years. They went up modestly during the Reagan Administration era.

Mr. Carter’s colorful younger brother Billy served two different independent HUD Code manufactured home builders in high visibility roles for several years in the 1980s.

So why didn’t actively-retired President Carter do more to promote manufactured homes as an affordable housing solution? Or why hasn’t Mr. Carter done more to elevate manufactured homes as an obvious and proven free market solution to affordable housing since he left office?

After all, Mr. Carter can’t claim ignorance of the topic. The former president’s home state was at one time a top-tier manufactured home producer.

So, why did HUD Code manufactured home shipments nose-dive relative to the end of the mobile home era timeframe compared to the Carter years?  By contrast, as Daily Business News on MHProNews has reported, both prior Presidents Nixon and Ford each promoted “mobile homes” as an important part of the U.S. affordable housing mix.

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The photo below was provided to MHProNews by ScotBilt Homes, which has produced manufactured homes in GA for many years. Left-to-right in the photo are Sam Scott, Judy Cazel, President Jimmy Carter, his brother Billy Carter, and Jim Cazel, the pilot of the aircraft they are standing by.



The Reaction to former President Carter’s Comments From Washington, D.C.

There is no widely published comments to be found from a Google search (see downloadable screen capture) from the Arlington, VA based Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) regarding the recent comments by former President Carter.

But the Washington, D.C. based Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) weighed in on the conventional comments by Mr. Carter in a nuanced comment as follows.

While Secretary Carson as we noted in a recent article has said the right things about the need to eliminate exclusionary zoning, there is much more that HUD could do to support consumer financing for affordable housing, most particularly chattel financing for manufactured homes,” said Mark Weiss, JD, President and CEO of MHARR to MHProNews.

Weiss and MHARR members are on record encouraging more lending from the FHA, while acknowledging the progress made to date during the Trump Administration.

It should be noted that MHARR has no PAC, by design, but MHI does. MHARR has praised the Trump Administration, as has MHI.


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But a key distinction between the two trade groups on this issue is that MHI put two paid pro-Clinton speakers on stage in their pre-election Chicago event, a claim MHI has never opted to deny or try to explain.  The mainstream headline below is one of several that document that Berkshire’s chairman backed the party that favored heavy regulations. Why?


MHI’s primary “big boy” member is Berkshire Hathaway owned Clayton Homes and their affiliated lenders, 21st Mortgage Corp and Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance. Kevin Clayton is seen with former President Bill Clinton in the disastrous post-Haitian earthquake “recovery” effort photo and linked report below, that dives into those alleged scandals.

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Warren Buffett campaigned for Secretary Hillary Clinton against Mr. Trump in 2016, saying on several occasions, that Buffett believed in her policies.  As MHI award-winner – and periodic MHI critic – Marty Lavin has said, “Pay more attention to what people do than what they say,” and “Follow the money.”

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Forbes’ John Moratta Weighed In on Carter to Obama Era

But there’s other issues that need to be raised, one of which a Forbes Contributor David John Marotta examined. In 2012, Marotta argued that the entire contest between Democratic candidate and incumbent, President Barack Obama vs. GOP nominee, former Governor Mitt Romney should come down to a single subject.

It’s one that directly relates to affordable housing, manufactured homes, the U.S. economy, and the future direction of America.

The Forbes headline was, “The Election Should Be Settled by a Single Question: Who Caused the Financial Crisis?”


Two key paragraphs by Marotta on the subject framed by the headline above read as follows.

“…It all began with the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) of 1977 under President Jimmy Carter. Its goal was to reduce discrimination against people in low-income neighborhoods by FDIC banks. The law did not provide any criteria for equal process. Thus any bank whose lending results were called into question could be challenged. And banks needed regulators to approve their actions.

DavidJohnMarottaForbesContributorDailyBusinessNewsMHProNews300The CRA increased the oversight of financial institutions and empowered organizations such as the Association of Community Organizers for Reform Now (ACORN). Obama’s work as a community organizer included working as ACORN’s attorney suing banks in Illinois.”

Skipping further into his column, the following extended quotes from Marotta said, “In the last election campaign, it was vehemently denied that Obama had been an ACORN trainer until the New York Times uncovered records demonstrating he was.”

Now Democratic New York Governor “Andrew Cuomo was the assistant secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and then secretary under President Bill Clinton from 1993 through 2001. Cuomo created 800 new HUD employees who were paid as much as $100,000 to fight against abolition of the agency. These community builders, as they were called, worked with local groups to lobby against tax cuts and to aid Democratic candidates.

Under Cuomo’s leadership in 1998, HUD forced banks in Texas to lend $2.1 billion in affirmative action loans with a higher risk and higher default rate.”

President Clinton touted these supposed achievements. “In 1998 he boasted,In the 20-year history of the Community Investment Act, 85 percent-plus the money loaned out under it to poor inner-city neighborhoods has been loaned in the five years since I’ve been president.”

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were on the path to disaster. Now Obama blames deregulation under the Bush administration for the financial meltdown, but there was none.

After Clinton, George W. Bush and Republicans tried to tighten up lending standards for which they were demonized by the Democrats. These efforts were pushed unsuccessfully throughout the Bush administration starting in April 2001. 

Ranking Democrats Barney Frank and Charles Schumer led their party to block these efforts in the fall of 2003. Frank made light of Republican concerns. He said, “I think we see entities that are fundamentally sound financially and withstand some of the disaster scenarios. And even if there were a problem, the federal government doesn’t bail them out. But the more pressure there is there, then the less we see in terms of affordable housing.”

Those points in Forbes are ones MHProNews has raised several times over the years –  including, but not limited to – by previously sharing the video posted below.


It should also be noted that former President Bill Clinton himself acknowledged that, “The responsibility the Democrats do have may rest more in resisting any efforts by Republicans in the Congress or by me when I was president to put some standards and tighten up a little on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.”

Let’s let all of the above sink in for a few moments.

That should not imply that several Republicans weren’t also complicit in the housing/lending issues in the run-up to 2008, because Fannie and Freddie were donating to candidates on both sides of the aisle.

But more influence buying cash went to Democrats. Politico reported that the GSEs spent a stunning $200 million dollars in campaign contributions, see the screen capture below.


So it seems more than ironic that former Democratic Presidents Carter, Obama, and the Clintons now gleefully point a public finger at President Donald J. Trump. But the evidence and factual reality is that those Democratic leaders are guilty of blatant hypocrisy. They and their party bear a significant degree of responsibility for the economic turmoil, starting in the Carter years, during the Clinton Administration, as well as the run up and through the Obama Administration eras.

Big government solutions, the ones more commonly proposed by Democrats, have proven for 50 plus year not to work.


It’s federal government policy that turned toward more subsidized conventional housing, which has never kept up with the needs in over 50 years.  Manufactured homes, or the mobile home era before the HUD Code existed, were the free enterprise solution that have proven to be as “amazing” as HUD Secretary Carson said in Senate testimony earlier this year.



Summing Up the View from MHVille

There is little doubt that members of both major parties have over the years made their respective errors, along with efforts to spin or cover up those mistakes.

But there’s plenty of evidence that former Presidents Carter, Clinton, and Obama – along with Democratic allies in Congress – fostered the conditions that have undermined manufactured housing, and hurt the economy at several times, and in often severe ways.

As industry investors, professionals, and all others ponder their support and votes in the upcoming midterms, it’s vital to consider the issues noted above.

Democrats and disaster-capitalists have long ties. Mr. Buffett and Kevin Clayton’s connections to top Democrats ought to be weighed by all those who care about the issue of affordable housing and manufactured homes role in that effort.

As a disclaimer, while the publishers of MHProNews are political independents, this writer published an article that supported then candidate Trump during the Republican primaries in 2016. That article was republished by the Trump campaign on their website, as the screen captured image below reflects.


While the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) paid for two pro-Clinton speakers in the closing days before the 2016 election, the Kovach family supported Donald J. Trump’s candidacy as the best for the industry, small business and hundreds of millions of Americans. One of those stories ended up on the president’s campaign website, and hundreds of conservative and pro-Trump websites.

Resistance Democrats, and some Republicans too, have caught to slow or stop the reforms that former Democrat turned Republican Donald J. Trump has sought to bring to the U.S. in economic and foreign policies. Those who claimed that Mr. Trump could never win were proved wrong.

Some of those same voices are shouting daily now that Democrats will carry the House, and maybe even the Senate in a supposed “blue wave.” It is a “knife fight,” as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell recently said.

But the races are close. And the polling touted in 2018 has some of the same problems that 2016 polling had.  It is every bit as likely, perhaps more likely given consumer and business confidence levels, that a “red wave” is coming.

President Trump is taking over the GOP, and is transforming it into a pro-worker and pro-business, pro-growth party.  1/3 of the counties that went for Mr. Obama flipped in 2016 and supported Mr. Trump.

The midterms will be all about turnout. Turnout will be determined by energy and enthusiasm. The economic recovery this time isn’t driven by Federal Reserve monetary easing, or doubling the national debt in just eight years, as occurred during the disastrous Obama Administration years.

We are only now beginning to see details and documents about the level of corruption that occurred at the FBI, DOJ, and perhaps the CIA during the Obama era in the 2016 campaign.

The future of our industry’s growth potential may hang in the balance of a builder-businessman turned politician. President Trump has systematically been keeping his campaign promises.

HUD Secretary Carson’s pressroom spokesperson pointed to his manufactured housing comments as their reply to former President Carter’s controversial, and demonstrably misleading claim made to CNBC.

Yes, MHARR’s president is correct in saying that positive words and the regulatory freeze must be followed by more concreate and positive action.

But the Trump Administration, for all the drama that surrounds it, is keeping their promises to put American jobs, businesses, and our national interests first.  It’s a vast improvement over the presidents of both parties since the days of Democrat turned Republican, President Ronald Reagan.

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August 24th, 2018 Comments off



If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie.” – Joseph Goebbels, Adolf Hitler’s minster of propaganda, per the Jewish Virtual Library, and citing ThinkExist.


Earlier this week, after the news of the Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen verdict and guilty pleas, The Drudge Report noted that the mainstream media had used the word “impeach” over 200 times in 24 hours.

There is no degree in medicine or psychology needed to realize that when something is repeated that often, in so short a time span, it has an impact on a significant part of the population. 

There is no need to buy into a ‘conspiracy theory,’ because facts are facts. It’s about looking at the evidence dispassionately, not emotionally, because emotions are what’s often manipulated. Understanding the truth of an issue in doubt or controversy is about considering the evidence about an issue from several angles.  That’s how the truth is discovered in turbulent times. 

The odds of impeaching Donald J. Trump are arguably low, because the constitutional requirements sets a two tier process, neither one of which is easy to meet. “At the federal level, Article I, Section 2, Clause 5 of the Constitution grants to the House of Representatives “the sole power of impeachment”, and Article I, Section 3, Clause 6 grants to the Senate “the sole Power to try all Impeachments,” per Wikipedia. 

So in this case, the phrase “impeachment” is more about its usefulness as a political narrative tool. It is a rallying cry for those who lost the last election. Democrats, Republicans and all others are being asked to respond to the notion of impeachment in the upcoming midterms. 



Facts are facts no matter how often lies are repeated. The byline writer is an MD by training, and thus had to take psychology as part of the courses needed to obtain a medical degree. With that understanding, it is stunning to note that several notable attorneys, including Democratic supporter Alan Dershowitz, has cast doubt that any crime has been committed by the Donald J. Trump in the alleged payments – even if those payments to porn stars took place.

Attorney, author, radio and TV talker Mark Levin has said that an abuse of power has taken place. Why?  Because former Trump attorney Michael Cohen plead guilty to a crime that is in fact no crime at all.  That being so, it would directly reflect on high levels of the Department of Justice (DoJ) too. Those are views held by other attorneys, and of course, the other side has their taking heads too. 

So, to discern reality, one must step back and reflect on the evidence and competing claims.

It was so-called “Russian collusion” that was the supposed predicate for Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe. Why did that fall into the background?  Simply put, no evidence exists for it.  All that exists are often repeated allegations, with no proof offered, other than a dicey dossier paid for in part by the Clinton campaign.

A juror in the Paul Manafort case, who admits she voted for Donald Trump, said Manafort was guilty of the tax related crimes he was accused of, but said she believed the matter only came to light because President Trump is the target. They want to get him any way that they can. 

The mostly progressive voices on the compelling documentary video Shadows of Liberty, linked below, stressed the high degree of control of the news media in America by 6 major conglomerates. They decide what is news, said former CBS anchor Dan Rather and a host of others cited in the documentary video have said.

“Shadows of Liberty” Movie Introduction, Affordable Housing, and You

President Trump doesn’t say that all news in America is corrupted. But the president – and the White House press room, which supplies MHProNews with numerous daily updates – do say that significant portions of the media reflect a strong bias against him.

As if to prove the point, the Boston Globe organized over 300 newspapers to do editorials that say that the news media is not the “enemy of the people.” But what the president has clarified is that it is fake news that’s the enemy, and not all news is fake.




Deepa Kumar quote from from the thought-provoking video documenatary, Shadows of Liberty, posted on the page linked here.


No Choir Boy 

The Access Hollywood/Billy Bush video in 2016 made it abundantly clear to Americans that candidate Donald J. Trump was not a choir boy. Evangelicals, blue collar, and others nevertheless turned out to vote for him by the tens of millions. Normally blue states like Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania flipped for Donald Trump, knowing about allegations very much in keeping with what porn star Stormy Daniels or others like her have more recently allege. 

People voted to make Donald Trump President based upon his policies, and/or to oppose the policies of Secretary Hillary Clinton. 

A massive smear campaign is clearly underway. It is not unlike the Billy Bush video of Donald Trump in 2016, hoping to separate the president from his supporters.  It is insignificant if the claims of Daniels – or if an army of hookers – stepped forward and proved their ‘relationships’ with candidate or citizen Trump.  Legal experts say that it is not illegal to pay someone to be quiet. All else is routinely a repeated smoke screen, advanced by those who have an anti-Trump agenda.


Note, this advice holds for MHVille trade media readers too. Thanks for more than doubling our already industry- leading readership in the last 12 months. Our thanks too for our supporters, who make this platform possible.


MHVille and Why it Matters

For MHVille:

  • S 2155 would never have taken place under Hillary Clinton, if she held true to her promises to defend Dodd-Frank and the CFPB.
  • Secretary Clinton would not have done the tax cuts.  Virtually every manufactured home industry business has benefited from that, as have the majority of workers.
  • It was candidate Trump who pledged – and has kept his word – that he would massively roll back regulations.  There was no such pledge by Clinton.  As Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and others are proving, if the GOP lost control of Congress, regulations could come roaring back with a vengeance.
  • Jobs in mining, energy, and manufacturing are returning under President Trump.  Then President Barack Obama mocked Mr. Trump about during the campaign, that those jobs and industries would never come back. Secretary Clinton doubled down on comments like “the deplorables.” She too spoke about jobs that would never come back, which are now, due to the 45th president’s leadership.

Certainly, even many Trump supporters are not comfortable with certain tweets and tactics.

But in spite of a historic blizzard of news coverage that is some 90 percent against him, POTUS Trump’s approval has been rising nationally. Black and other minority support has nearly doubled since he took office. Among the clear reasons why is the lowest unemployment levels in decades.  Business and consumer confidence alike have soared during his time in office.

Mr. Trump is a businessman, who comes from the housing and construction fields.  What more needs be said, is reflected by the MHARR video interview, shown below.  It must be emphasized for clarity, that MHARR takes no sides in political campaigns. They have no PAC, as MHI does.  So when prior MHARR President, now senior advisor, Danny Ghorbani speaks about the president and his administration in this short interview, that must be kept in mind.

The midterms are racing up. Congressional voting is just over two months away. The agenda-driven voices in the media apparently hope to smear the president, and suppress turnout among his supporters.



Dan Rather quote from the compelling video, Shadows of Liberty, posted on the page linked here.

Would MHVille be helped or harmed by a GOP loss of the House, or the Senate?


Full Measure’s Sharyl Attiksson’s media bias chart is useful in sorting out the agendas behind various headlines and news sources. Learn more, with the Shadows of Liberty video, linked here.

That’s a critical issue – what’s best for MHVille and the nation – that you and your peers must answer. That is what you and your circle of influence must decide before you vote, or sit on your buns come midterm Election Day. 

Repeating a lie, or using an exaggerated narrative for an agenda, doesn’t make it true.

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June 26th, 2018 Comments off


Prologue. Though manufactured housing is a multi-billion dollar industry, the experiences of the last 15 years (+/-) have proven just how vulnerable the industry is to outside political and economic forces.


It’s thus prudent for the industry’s professionals and investors to at least be broadly aware of whatever the political and economic trends are.

To the extent that a person can influence others, professionals should consider doing so, to help guide and support the still-recovering HUD Code manufactured home industry’s prospects. That may be as simple as sharing a link to an article, by direct engagement with others, or through personal political and professional action, and so on.


The Broad Brush That MH Operates In

The divisions in America are mirrored in divides over views about manufactured homes (MH). and within the manufactured housing.  

Those splits among the people involve and influence our much needed factory-crafted home industry. They are challenges which are opportunities in disguise.

In turn, federally regulated HUD Code manufactured homes could significantly influence domestic politics, rather than be carried away by them. Amway is a living metaphor for how that could occur.  

There are lessons to learn too from past and current Presidents Barack H. Obama, Donald J. Trump, and Congressional Representative Maxine Waters (D-CA). 

Background. Every day a steady flood of news items from various federal agencies, an array of trade groups (NFIB, NAR, NAHB, NAR, NAM, MHARR, MHI, etc.), and private companies comes into the Daily Business News on MHProNews. Just reading what comes daily that influences or has meaning for our manufactured home industry could be more than a full time job. Curating that flood of potential content is both art and science. No one else in MHVille trade publishing – besides our platforms – even attempts to try.  

That automatically gives us real pressures, and potential advantages, to influence events.

Rephrased, MHProNews can go beyond mere reporting on X – toward influencing what others think, see, and believe with respect to Manufactured Homes and Communities. 

The one thing that is similar between all the for-profit and association trade voices that barrage the industry’s investors and professionals and MHProNews/MHLivingNews is the following.


All media have an agenda. That should beg the next question. Is the agenda of the media you read one that helps or harms your own interests?


The Amway Analogy. With that background – and before considering Presidents Obama and Trump or Rep. Waters – consider Amway as an analogy for manufactured housing professionals to ponder.  

Millions of Americans are customers of Amway, and/or have been in their untold army of independent distributors over the years. Like manufactured housing, Amway has their supporters and detractors.


Rich DeVos is the spouse of Besty DeVos, and the co-founder of Amway. 

Those in Amway see themselves as often misunderstood, but rather as a force for good. There are thus certain parallels between the Amway, and manufactured housing professions.


This is analysis, pure and simple. Facts simply are.

Yet in spite of the wide divide in public views about Amway, Betsy DeVos – spouse of Amway heir Richard “Dick” DeVos – is a cabinet member in the Trump Administration. One of several possible takeaways for manufactured housing industry professionals is that Amway found numerous ways to break through their fog to a get onto a bigger stage.

All analogies limp to some degree. This brief analogy with Amway is but the tip of an iceberg, which offers manufactured housing industry professionals useful lessons.  

Each industry – MH or theirs – has far greater potential that either previously acquired. But Amway earned a valuable seat at the big Cabinet level table. What about MH?

What else can MHVille pros, advocates, and investors learn from Amway? 



Maxine Waters and Barack Obama 

The MH Industry is deeply influenced by Washington, D.C. and national politics. It therefore pays to understand the forces that control our industry’s potential to such a significant degree.  

One may or may not agree with Nathan Smith’s political or business views to recognize that he’s prudent to be engaged in politics. He’s right too in saying that the industry’s bigger national association has often failed to be pro-active.


It is time for MHVille professionals to be far more pro-active. 

This is a critical time in American politics. What will occur in the midterms will influence our industry, and thus your investments or interests.

Let’s take an objective (non-partisan) look at two of the many Democratic leaders.

The Democratic Party was transformed in several ways by Barack Obama.  

To consider but a few, the Democrats under former President Obama: 

   moved further to the political left,

   continued the Bill Clinton strategy of embracing the uber-rich, who they periodically postured as slamming their wealth, while giving those same billionaires and their wealthy and/or influential businesses tremendous access to the White House and other federal levers of money/power,

   and were widely embraced by the left-of-center media. 

Barack Obama achieved to a significant degree several of his personally stated goals.

Mr. Obama:  

   was for the political left a transformational president,

   has been as influential for Democrats as Ronald Reagan was for Republicans,

   achieved numerous political goals for his diverse base of supporters – like it or not – the list of Obama era changes could include gay marriage, Dodd-Frank, ObamaCare, transgender advocacy, a host of environmental, and other policy changes that shifted America and our nation’s culture to a significant degree.

By shifting the U.S., Mr. Obama also moved numerous events in the world.

The Democrats to large extent become the party of Mr. Obama. His absence has been felt by their party.


Former President Barack Obama has struck a deal with Netflix that will pay millions. He’s busy preparing for his presidential library. But reports indicate he is working behind the scenes for the Democratic party.  

Yet during the Obama years in the White House, the Democratic Party lost over 1,000 seats at the local, state and national level. And in under 18 months, President Donald J. Trump has swept away much of the Obama legacy, both foreign and domestic. These are serious reality checks for Democrats.

Among the voices that have taken a more prominent role in Democratic politics is Maxine Waters. While she has been politely corrected by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer for her weekend rant in front of several of her followers, the rant is instructive on several levels. See the video below, and compare and contrast her numbers with that of President Trump.



Compare and contrast how the interaction is between Congressional Rep Waters, and President Trump stump speech for South Carolina Governor Henry McMasters. Compare too the messages. Which voice is better for a civil, prosperous society? 

New York magazine recently ran a cover asking, where is Barack Obama? Democrats are a party seeking leadership. President Trump flipped some 200 counties that voted for Barack Obama and later voted for Donald J. Trump.  

Clinton campaign and Democratic strategist Doug Schoen are among Democratic voices that are worried that their party is adrift, having become too progressive. Schoen also believes Dems have largely become the party of anti-Trump. The linked report can be read later for more details.

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.”


POTUS Donald J. Trump 

The 45th President of the United States (POTUS) Donald J. Trump has taken an unlikely path to the White House. Barack Obama’s resume was thin before becoming an Illinois politico, U.S. Senator, and then President.  

But President Trump’s political resume might at a glance seem even thinner. Never holding or attempting a run at prior public office, he rode down the Golden Escalator in Trump Tower three years ago, gave a widely panned speech, and is arguably the most powerful visible political figure on earth today.  

The businessman, builder, and entertainment professional Trump has and still does use all of his experiences to achieve his own stated goals. The right-of-center Heritage Foundation says he is more successful at this point in his presidency than conservative icon Ronald Reagan was.  

Watch when you can – if you’ve not seen them already – the videos posted in this article. Because each one reveals much.  

For example, look at the connection that President Trump’s supporters have with the man.

The president has proven in less than 18 months in office what pro-business, pro-growth policies can achieve. His policies have arguably benefited the economy, and manufactured housing – both directly, and indirectly.

The 45th Chief Executive of the U.S. has been limited by some in his own GOP party, who at times resist the president’s methods and style as much as Democrats do.

Both the Democratic and Republican Parties are no longer the party they once were 10, 20, or 30 years ago. While clearly different, Mr. Obama and Mr. Trump are transforming, disruptive figures.  



Each home shown above is a manufactured home.  The industry has for whatever reasons overall done an arguably poor job of education and self-promotion, and has for decades. Thanks to the support of few, the facts, experts and home owners stories about modern manufactured homes can be learned in detail, as this link here.

The Industry’s Choice

The midterms are coming up fast.

As a political independent, this writer notes that the Democrats – to the extent they are talking about something beyond opposing President Trump – are apparently favoring: 

   taking back the tax cuts,

   protecting and expanding ObamaCare into “Medicare for all,” meaning full blown socialized medicine,

   restoring the power of the CFPB,

   impeachment of the president on any pretext they can find,

   and other environmental, social, and other issues in the vein of the Obama era.


So, if you liked the impact of the Obama Administration’s policies had on your business, the MH industry, the economy, deficits, and debts, you better get busy supporting the #resistance. 


Trump supporters at the White House – Kid Rock, left, Sarah Palin and Ted Nugent (right). Credit: Truth Examiner.

Many once never-Trump Republicans have slowly embraced his results, even if they disagree with his style or methods.  Polling suggests that POTUS #45’s approval with party members is around 90 percent.

The Democrats and their media allies have at times taken positions different than they once supported. The party of Trump is largely a populist, working, and middle class party. The blue collar Democrats are often supporting the policies of POTUS Trump.

No president in American history had so much negative media, even in cases of obvious success. With some 90 percent of the mainstream media reports opposing him and his policies, the president’s approval ratings are as high as Barack Obama’s or Ronald Reagan’s were at this point of his presidency.  

Astonishing, but true. 

It’s all instructive and necessary for forward thinking manufactured housing industry professionals, advocates, and investors to consider. Our industry can learn much from Mr.  Trump, and from Amway.


Manufactured Housing’s Balance of Power? 

With an estimated 22 million Americans living in pre-HUD Code mobile homes or post-HUD Code manufactured homes, the industry is capable of significant influence. 

Research by the New York Times and MHProNews in 2016 suggested that our industry’s residents tilt toward President Trump. Among those who vote, our estimate at the time was about 52 percent favored Mr. Trump vs. 47 percent for Secretary Hillary Clinton.  

Our industry’s residents are in many ways a readily identifiable group that could in tight races be the swing voters.  

Furthermore, given the powerful insights from the affordable housing crisis and YIMBY-NIMBY, the MH Industry could prove to be a powerful forces for transformational personal and national economic advancement. But that will occur only with growth focused leadership.

With a clear-eyed understanding of itself and the broader political landscape, the industry that HUD Secretary Ben Carson called “amazing!” – today’s manufactured homes – could be poised for greater days. But that is only going to occur if we act with clarity of thought and determined vision. ## (News, analysis, and commentary.)

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On Location in Alabama, Roy Moore vs. Doug Jones Special Senate Election

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MHProNews is on location in Alabama this morning, and got some feedback from Alabamans who were watching local televised news about the special election race between Roy Moore and Doug Jones for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by now Attorney General, Jeff Sessions.

A woman in the room told MHProNews that she thought that “they are trying to get rid of all conservatives.”

They are trying to set it up where they can destroy anyone that ever tries to run for office that they want to destroy with [sexual abuse] allegations like these.”

A man seated near her said, “All of this took place over 30 years ago.”  A campaign message by Judge Roy Moore stressed that he had run several campaigns previously, and none of these allegations had ever been raised before.  Some of the claims against him, on closer scrutiny, have been at least partially discredited.

Another man seated with the woman said that he thought that “[Al] Franken and [John] Conyers are just sacrificial lambs, so that Democrats can claim the moral high ground against Republicans.”

Others in the room offered no opinions, so some may have felt differently than those who verbally spoke out in public.

The woman said, “None of this [sexual abuse allegations] mattered when it was a Democrat in the White House [Bill Clinton], it was all okay then.”


See left-right media bias chart, shown below.

Besides local news and weather, the local news channel was packed with election day coverage, which seemed to be somewhat tilted toward Doug Jones, and nearly non-stop TV commercials being run by both campaigns.


Full Measure’s Sharyl Attiksson’s media bias chart is useful in sorting out the agendas behind various headlines and news sources. 

Polling is mixed, with some polls tilting toward Roy Moore, but a late Fox News poll tilting toward Doug Jones.  President Trump has come out in favor of Moore, former President Barack Obama has made a robo-calls and other pro-Jones efforts.  Both parties have brought in people like Steve Bannon or Cory Booker to campaign for their respective candidate.

The fact that both Democrats and Republicans are pouring millions and many of their top names into the race speaks of the importance that both sides believe this contest represents. That said, some notably GOP members have come out against Moore.



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“Hacks” – Explosive 2016 Campaign Claims by Former DNC Chair, Donna Brazile

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Politico has published a 2200-word excerpt spotlighted by the Drudge Report from what promises to be a hot book soon to be released.

The title?

Hacks,” provides Donna Brazile view of what she discovered after her Democratic National Committee (DNC) chair predecessor, Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz was pushed out of the post, due to exposes from WikiLeaks.

The title sounds like a creative play on words, implying that the election was ‘hacked,’ but also perhaps a reference to politicos who are ‘hacks?’

Some of Brazile’s Top Line Claims…

Per Politico’s excerpt from Brazile’s book –Hacks,”

  • President Barack Obama left the DNC and the party in debt and in a mess,
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz was a weak leader, who allowed ‘Brooklyn’ – code for Sec. Hillary Clinton’s campaign headquarters – to effectively run the DNC, even before she won the nomination,
  • She pledged to Bernie Sanders to let him know what she learned, and that what she learned was that his hunch that the 2016 nominating process was rigged was correct,
  • That Hillary Clinton was not a shoe in to win, because there was a lack of enthusiasm from the Obama coalition,
  • That Sec. Clinton was too close to the financial interests in this country (including, but not named in this segment, one Warren Buffett),


Almost a year after the election, and not long after Hillary’s book, “What Happened?” – Hacks could upend the thoughts and approaches on both sides of the political aisle.

Quotable Quotes by Brazile from Hacks

DonnaBrazileWikipediaPostedDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsSo I followed the money. My predecessor, Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, had not been the most active chair in fundraising at a time when President Barack Obama’s neglect had left the party in significant debt.”

Debbie was not a good manager. She hadn’t been very interested in controlling the party—she let Clinton’s headquarters in Brooklyn do as it desired so she didn’t have to inform the party officers how bad the situation was.”

By September 7, the day called Bernie, I had found my proof and it broke my heart.”

The Saturday morning after the convention in July, I called Gary Gensler, the chief financial officer of Hillary’s campaign. He wasted no words. He told me the Democratic Party was broke and $2 million in debt.”

Obama left the party $24 million in debt—$15 million in bank debt and more than $8 million owed to vendors after the 2012 campaign—and had been paying that off very slowly. Obama’s campaign was not scheduled to pay it off until 2016. Hillary for America (the campaign) and the Hillary Victory Fund (its joint fundraising vehicle with the DNC) had taken care of 80 percent of the remaining debt in 2016, about $10 million, and had placed the party on an allowance.”

Brazile said she told Sanders that while ‘all the polls’ favored Clinton, she didn’t feel the enthusiasm that kept the Obama Coalition together.  That’s an interesting point, because about a year ago, the Daily Business News on MHProNews – using mainstream media polls, but digging into the “internals” of the polls and cross referencing them, made very similar points in saying that Donald Trump could win.

The entire excerpt from Hacks, per left-of-center Politico Magazine, can be download here.


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Food for Thought…

It isn’t likely to be in Hacks, nor will it likely be said by Brazile.


It should be noted that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has said that the Russians weren’t the source of the DNC documents he was provided.  He’s hinted on Hannity that it was a now dead DNC staffer, Seth Rich.


Editorially – during last year’s campaign – MHProNews supported Trump over Clinton as better for Manufactured Housing and for the nation, based upon each campaign’s stated policies and their respective histories. Related, click here.

Assange has told a Republican Congressman, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher – that if the WikiLeaks founder is promised immunity – a deal that is always contingent on solid proof – he can prove the Russians didn’t provide him the information that some believe helped Donald Trump become president.


Among the Clinton Campaign revelations by WikiLeaks are comments that disparaged Latinos as ‘needy.’ Credit, Fox News/Sean Hannity shown, which AdWeek noted has surpassed all other cable news shows in their most recent survey of viewership.

Also, while President Obama remained personally popular, the Democrats lost some 1,000 seats at the federal, state, and local level during his administration.

WikiLeaks Clinton Open Trade, Open Borders.

The “dream’ was in a paid speech by Hillary Clinton to South American bankers.

As MHProNews has reported,
markets have soared since President Trump has taken office,
consumer confidence is up, business confidence is up,
and much more.

The Trump administration works day-by-day to keep his campaign promises.  Those points also are unlikely to be in Brazile’s book. We’re proud to have supported the Trump team, then and now.

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