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NAHB Responds to President Obama’s Speech

February 15th, 2013 Comments off

Following President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address, Rick Judson, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), issued the following statement: “Extremely tight mortgage credit conditions are hampering the housing recovery and hurting job growth. The nation’s home builders were very pleased to hear President Obama acknowledge this fact when he said ‘too many families with solid credit who want to buy a home are being rejected.’ The President further noted that the housing sector must be involved in the rebuilding effort and we wholeheartedly agree. Building 100,000 homes creates 300,000 full-time jobs. With the right policies in place, housing can continue to lead the economy forward. NAHB stands ready to work with the Administration, Congress and regulators to ease restrictive lending requirements so that qualified home buyers can obtain affordable home loans and to open up the lines of credit for home builders so they can meet growing demand in communities across the nation.”

(Photo credit: National Association of Home Builders–modular under construction)

Book: NoBama; Film: GoBama, with Protest

October 30th, 2012 Comments off

Tens of thousands of factory built housing industry professionals are tracking the elections closely. Movie makers are in the fray in the campaign’s closing days.  Filmmaker Oliver Stone supported Barack Obama for president in 2008, but in his new book due out Oct. 30, slams Obama for breaking campaign promises and continuing George W. Bush’s policies.  By contrast, filmmaker Harvey Weinstein’s movie features Obama in a more positive light and prominent role about the Navy Seals who took out Osama bin Laden.

Written with historian Peter Kuznick, Politico says Stone stated he saw Obama’s election as a repudiation of the Bush administration policies that sullied America’s reputation, but criticizes Obama for Wall Street reform–”Wall Street Won this One” –and health care reform– “it became an albatross around the necks of Democrats in the 2010 election.” While The Untold History of the United States condemns George Bush, as well as other Republicans and Democrats, it clearly takes Obama to task for anti-progressive policies, like expanding the national security web that encroaches on our civil liberties.

USNews says Weinstein’s movie, Seal Team Six: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden, scheduled to air two days before the election on National Geographic, is called a “political stunt” by The New York Times because the original was re-cut to add more scenes with President Obama. Meanwhile, a political action committee – the Special Operations OPSEC Education Fund – is responding to Weinstein’s film with an ad to run at the same time saying Obama was dishonest about what happened in Libya during the recent consulate attack. In a 60 Minutes interview President Obama described the death of four Americans, including the U.S. Ambassador, as a “bump in the road” on Libya’s path to democracy. Comprised of former Navy Seals, OPSEC named their ad “A Bump in the Road.” The group’s president, Scott Taylor, says “There is nothing acceptable about playing politics with national security and American lives.” has learned that the anti-Obama ad is scheduled to run in key swing states the same day as Weinstein’s film.

(Photo credit: Politico–Oliver Stone)

Mo Mitt

October 3rd, 2012 Comments off reports that Mitt Romney grabbed momentum and took it to the incumbent president on a range of issues, including: Dodd-Frank, ObamaCare, Medicare, increasing domestic energy production, reforming taxes, education and of course creating jobs. Romney twice cited that the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) said that Obama’s policies would cost the country another 700,000 jobs. Romney stressed free market vs. big government solutions and repeatedly corrected the president on claims Obama made about his policies, saying the president was entitled to his own plane, house and opinions “but not to your own facts.”

In post debate commentary, ABC, CBS and NBC all essentially agreed that Romney was crisp and in command of facts, while Obama looked flat. The fact that Barack Obama was often hanging his head and grimacing seemed to capture the night, as the photo from Drudge reflects.

In samples of post debate media coverage, even very partisan MSNBC seemed frustrated with Obama’s performance. Real Clear Politics stated:

“Tonight wasn’t an MSNBC debate tonight, was it?” Chris Matthews said after the first Obama-Romney presidential debate concluded on Wednesday night.

“I don’t know what he was doing out there. He had his head down, he was enduring the debate rather than fighting it. Romney, on the other hand, came in with a campaign. He had a plan, he was going to dominate the time, he was going to be aggressive, he was going to push the moderator around, which he did effectively, he was going to relish the evening, enjoying it,” Matthews said.

The National Journal reported:

“Going forward with the status quo is not going to cut it for the American people who are struggling today,” Romney said, stealing the mantle of change Obama wore so well in 2008.

The former Massachusetts governor also reminded voters repeatedly that the president has not lived up to promises he made four years ago. After Obama vowed to reduce the deficit in a second term, Romney replied, “You’ve been president four years.”

“You said you’d cut the deficit in half. It’s now four years later. We still have trillion-dollar deficits,” he said. Time is up was the message for voters.

Privately, some Democratic strategists said the challenger got the best of the president. “We got our clock cleaned,” said a Democratic strategist who spoke on condition of anonymity out of fear of retribution. The strategist had reviewed results of polls and focus groups of the debate.

As MHProNews knows, while all of the issues discussed impact manufactured housing professionals and the industry’s customers, Dodd-Frank is certainly among the issues that impacts our industry the most. Romney has promised to repeal Dodd-Frank if elected. Gains in the Senate and holding the House by Republicans would make that promise possible.

One radio commentator pointed out in pre-debate coverage that of the over 40 promises that Romney made to voters in Massachusetts, he kept all of them. Governor Romney pledged to do what he did in Massachusetts, where he worked with both parties to get things done. During Romney’s term, the former Governor asserted that he worked successfully with a legislature that was 87% Democratic.

Governor Chris Christie predicted on Sunday that the narrative of the race would be different Thursday morning.   There was surprising consensus even among often partisan pundits that the debate’s Mo went with Mitt. ##

(Photo credit: Drudge)

Democratic Senate Candidate Donnelly Skips Charlotte

September 6th, 2012 Comments off

In his political blog, Jim Shella of Indianapolis notes U.S. Senate candidate Joe Donnelly chose to tour a vocational school in Indianapolis instead of attending the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC this week. Responding to Republican opponent Richard Mourdock’s attack ads aligning him with President Obama, Shella notes it is a good way for Donnelly to distance himself from the president. Says Donnelly, “I’ve got better things to do than go down there. I’ve got a chance to be here in Indiana.” In his exclusive interview with MHProNews, Donnelly did not align himself with Obama when given the opportunity. A longtime supporter of manufactured housing, Donnelly co-sponsored the Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act (H.R. 3849) in Jan. 2012. A source suggests to MHProNews that Donnelly was helpful in getting Democrat Sherrod Brown with S. 3484. In response to Mourdock, Donnelly says, “You know if Richard Mourdock wants to run against Barack Obama, he ought to run for President. I’m running for Senator for the state of Indiana so we can create jobs here, create opportunity here and that’s what this election’s about.”

(Photo credit: MHProNews)