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

January 11th, 2019 Comments off

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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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Cordray Defiant, Says Trump Won’t Change Agency

January 28th, 2017 Comments off
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Richard Cordray walks into a Treasury hearing. Credit: LA Times.

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Richard Cordray has finally spoken in the wake of President Trump’s inauguration, per the LA Times.

And he’s not pulling any punches.

The new administration really shouldn’t change the job at all,” said Cordray at a forum held by the Wall Street Journal.

 

We’re expected to work with different administrations of different points of view. We have … an independent mandate to do what we do and we will continue working to protect consumers.

Cordray has said in the past that he has no intention of stepping down. His term ends in 2018.

As Daily Business News readers are aware, the Trump Administration has sent clear signals that Dodd-Frank is in the crosshairs for parts of the legislation to be rolled back, or repealed.

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A tweet from Senator Bob Sasse.

After the election, Republican Senators Bob Sasse (Neb.) and Mike Lee (Utah) penned a strongly worded letter to then Vice President-elect Mike Pence, urging then President-elect Donald Trump to remove Cordray.

It’s time to fire King Richard,” said Sasse.

Underneath the CFPB’s Orwellian acronym is an attack on the American idea that the people who write our laws are accountable to the American people. President-elect Trump has the authority to remove Mr. Cordray and that’s exactly what the American people deserve.”

The Daily Business News has also followed the CFPB saga closely, including their involvement in the Wells Fargo case and a D.C. circuit court ruling that deemed the organization unconstitutional due to it’s lack of independent oversight.

Senator Mike Lee touched on the importance of the unconstitutional ruling.

The Constitution was written to protect the American people from unelected and unaccountable bureaucrats, said Lee.

Considering the damage CFPB has done to credit unions and community banks, President Trump should act quickly to remove the director.

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Within a week of the letter from Sasse and Lee, Democrats came to Cordray’s defense.

Do not tell Richard Cordray he’s fired,” said Senator Chuck Schumer (NY).

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Senator Sherrod Brown. Official photo.

Firing Cordray might be part of the billionaire agenda, but removing him and gutting the consumer bureau would shatter Trump’s promise,” said Senator Sherrod Brown (OH), who is the ranking Democrat on the Senate Banking Committee.

Senators Schumer and Brown have now been joined by Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Los Angeles) and 37 other members of the Congressional Black Caucus in the effort stop action on Cordray.

In a letter to President Trump on Tuesday, they wrote that they “would strongly oppose” any attempt to remove Cordray and “would view such an action as an illegitimate abuse of power.

Director Cordray has done nothing to give the necessary cause for his removal from office,” wrote the lawmakers.

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Communities of color and, indeed, all consumers in America will benefit from having director Cordray remain in his position and continue to independently implement the mandates imposed upon him by Congress as the director of the CFPB.

While the CFPB is credited with taking actions to protect consumers, most notably in the Wells Fargo case, those who have followed the history of the CFPB understand that the CFPB was not the lead agency in the case and during the time the events took place in 2011, the CFPB charter basically only allowed it to police the activity of big banks.

It did not catch the Wells Fargo activity at that time.

 

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Cordray also commented about whether he would fight an attempt by Trump to fire him.

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I was nominated and then confirmed by the Senate to serve a term,” said Cordray.

All the independent federal regulatory agencies have terms that overlap one administration or another. That’s meant to preserve their independence.

That’s important because without the independence you end up mired in partisan politics, the big-money special interests … will try to dictate results.

For a deep dive into the CFPB, Dodd-Frank and their adverse effects on the manufactured housing industry, click here. ##

 

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Dem Senators Scramble to Save CFPB’s Cordray

January 18th, 2017 Comments off
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Still from an Inside MH video, reflecting how Richard Cordray himself said that there was never much high cost lending in the manufactured housing industry market.

Richard Cordray, Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is getting some help from Senate Democrats to save his job.

As the Daily Business News reported recently, Republican Senators Mike Lee (UT) and Bob Sasse (NE) sent a letter to Vice President-elect Mike Pence and President-elect Donald Trump, urging them to remove Cordray.

It’s time to fire King Richard,” said Sasse, who also serves as a member of the Senate Banking Committee.

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A tweet from Senator Bob Sasse.

Underneath the CFPB’s Orwellian acronym is an attack on the American idea that the people who write our laws are accountable to the American people. President-elect Trump has the authority to remove Mr. Cordray and that’s exactly what the American people deserve.

According to The Hill, Senate Democrats are asking Trump to do the opposite.

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (N.Y.) and Senators Sherrod Brown (OH) and Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) defended CFPB Director Richard Cordray’s record, saying he should be allowed to finish his term as the bureau’s chief through July 2018.

They say removing Cordray would be an “extreme and unprecedented step.

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Do not tell Richard Cordray he’s fired,” said Schumer.

Firing Cordray might be part of the billionaire agenda, but removing him and gutting the consumer bureau would shatter Trump’s promise,” said Brown, who is the ranking Democrat on the Senate Banking Committee.

Schumer, Brown and Warren also said they would help lead a national campaign to defend Cordray should Trump decide to fire him.

The CFPB was established as part of the Dodd-Frank Act as an independent agency. This technically means that President-elect Trump could only fire Cordray “for cause,” a rare step meant for serious abuses of power.

A U.S. Court of Appeals recently ruled the CFPB’s structure is unconstitutional.

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Under Rich Cordray, the CFPB is doing its job on behalf of the American people,” said Warren.

President-elect Trump is considering former House Representative Randy Neugebauer (R-Texas) to lead the agency as its sole director.

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Per The Hill, Neugebauer was one of several House Financial Services Committee members who opposed the CFPB’s power and structure.

Schumer believes that Neugebauer is a less than ideal choice.

It’s like putting the biggest arsonist that we know of in the firehouse,” said Schumer.

Neugebauer is responsible for a 2015 bill that would install a bipartisan commission to lead the CFPB instead of a sole director.

Republicans believe a bipartisan commission would rein in the agency and prevent it from stifling the economy with overbearing enforcement actions, while Democrats say the push for a commission would make the agency effectively powerless.

We know if there’s a commission, it simply won’t work,” said Brown. “The whole idea of the commission is to emasculate this agency and take away its power.

Senator Lee disagrees.

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The Constitution was written to protect the American people from unelected and unaccountable bureaucrats, said Lee. “Considering the damage CFPB has done to credit unions and community banks, President Trump should act quickly to remove the director.“ ##

 

(Editor’s Note: MHLivingNews has closely followed Director Cordray’s testimony, see the video linked here – his interesting statements on manufactured home loans.)

 

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Senator Elizabeth Warren agrees with Chuck Schumer – Democratic mandate was Economy first, health care later

November 27th, 2014 Comments off

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Politico  points out that even left wing party leader, Elizabeth Warren agreed with Shumer; up to the point of supporting the suffering middle class. Senator Warren agrees with Senator Schumer that there was an urgent need in 2009 and 2010 to help middle-class families who were struggling to get by and that more should have been done,” said Warren spokeswoman Lacey Rose.

Speculation as to why Schumer spoke out when and as he has done is growing. Was it to give political cover for his own reelection campaign? Was it to give cover for an expected Hillary Clinton run for the White House?

If Sen. Schumer feels this way, he should support big ideas that positively impact the lives of every American … like breaking up the big banks so they can’t crash our economy again,” said Stephanie Taylor, Progressive Campaign Change Committee co-founder. Taylor is also a Senator Warren backer, so Politico  indicated he was taking a shot at Schumer’s Wall Street ties.

Does someone need to remind Taylor that Democrats already passed Dodd-Frank, which is arguably harming home sales in manufactured housing and the economy as a whole? What is certain is that bigger banks have done well under Dodd-Frank, while smaller lenders face the painful choices that U.S. Bank recently had to make with their manufactured home loan program. ##

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