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“Incestuous” Lobbying? Kings of K Street, Revolving Door, Big Tech, Berkshire Hathaway – Follow the Money

June 25th, 2019 Comments off
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When it comes to risk, here’s a reality check,” says FINRA. “All investments carry some degree of risk…within [a] country…political risk and currency risk are notable factors…”

 

Investopedia says that “political risk and macroeconomic risk…affect the performance of the overall market…” The centrist Financial Times points to the dangers to investments posed by political risks too.

Investors and professionals will be discerning 2020 candidates, as will the broader population. But in a nation of hundreds of millions, the lens candidates are viewed through are clearly going to differ.

The perspective of the millennial racked by student debt may well be more attracted to a candidate that promises to deal with that issue than those candidates who say there is no money to pay for such a debt-elimination program.  By contrast, the investor or small business owner may look dimly at those candidates who pledge higher taxes and more regulations.

That’s not to suggest that all businesses or investors are more centrist or right-leaning.  Some of the world’s and America’s richest men often bet on Democratic candidates, as the Daily Business News reported in the run-up to the 2018 midterms. The recent revelation that the Koch brothers could be supporting more Democrats in 2020 is just one indicator that the wealthy see politics and lobbying as a tool of business that they play which can pay hefty returns on investment.

The business of politics influences the creation of new regulations, the suspension of regs – and sometimes the failure to properly enforce existing laws – that can help or harm businesses. 

This Daily Business News item on MHProNews will look at lobbying and the revolving door in general, and then pivot in the third part of this article to more manufactured housing specific items in this 30,000-foot level report.

 

Mainstream, Investment Takes on K Street, Revolving Door, and Business

Gearing up for a big fight in Washington, four of the biggest tech companies are increasing their lobbying efforts,” says CBS News’ YouTube page to introduce their recent video report posted below. “Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google are drawing out lobbyists with connections to the government as they face mounting scrutiny for alleged anti-trust violations. Kenneth Vogel, Washington reporter for The New York Times, joins CBSN to discuss.”’

 

 

As an editorial note about the video above, Vogel lays out several of the facts quite nicely. But if one detects a tone of ‘regulation over breakup’ in his analysis, MHProNews would observe that ‘regulating’ these companies is arguably not going to work as some think. The regulations in place haven’t worked, or the vexing scenarios Vogel describes wouldn’t exist. ICYMI, see what Professor Ed Lotterman says on the topic in the report linked from the text-image box below.

 

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Several of the Democratic 2020 candidates – Senators Cory Booker and Elizabeth Warren jump to mind – as well as a growing number on the political right have said that they think these tech giants need to be broken up under antitrust laws. Some of those same Senate Democrats have signed a letter asking the CFPB to dig into concerns over Berkshire Hathaway owned Clayton Homes and their associated manufactured home lenders.

In the CBS News video, Vogel touches upon several useful underlying themes to understand, including the ‘revolving door,’ which will be the focus of an upcoming manufactured housing industry specific exclusive report.

With regard to the New York Times’ Vogel’s narrative, antitrust law and how it is used is likely to be a campaign topic in the contests ahead. Clearly, Big Tech will be fighting it, as they have for years.  It is likely no coincidence that the Trump Administration’s antitrust division at the Department of Justice is reportedly opened investigations into some of the firms named above.

While they may approach these subjects from a different perspective, when both major parties spot a similar problem, that may be a sign that critical mass on an issue is approaching.

The video below is from the Obama Administration era, and thus is a bit dated.  But it makes clear just how large the lobbying business is, and why big business is willing to invest so much in it. The ROI on lobbying is stunning. This Motif investing video also has a touch of dry humor in the music an imagery.  The sources for the data are often shown in the bottom right corner of the screen.

 

 

As Motif summed it up, “If you follow the “Kings of K Street” motif, you know that companies that invest in influence have a leg up.” What that means is that smaller businesses and investors have to play smarter or they can get run over.

 

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MHProNews looks at the facts, considers the sources, follows the evidence, and the money. 

 

MHProNews recently spotlighted how the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) has spent its lobbying dollars via their political action committee, the MHI PAC.

 

Democrats? Republicans? Political Campaigns Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) PAC Supported

 

Berkshire Hathaway, as thousands of industry pros know, is the parent to Clayton Homes, 21st Mortgage Corp, Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance (VMF), plus a number of other manufactured housing industry connected firms.

But Berkshire’s ties with the so-called tech giants are deep and growing, so that should not be overlooked in the snapshot outlined above.

Warren Buffett and Bill Gates of Microsoft fame have long-standing ties, including Buffett donating billions in Berkshire stock to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, where Buffett is a trustee.

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Berkshire now has roughly a billion dollars of Amazon stock.  Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and Buffett certainly collaborated on various levels years before that formal investment.

Berkshire also owns stock in giant Apple. According to CNBC on May 3, the value of Berkshire’s holdings in Apple in late 2018 was some $40 billion dollars.

So, when one is thinking about the tech giants, don’t forget that Berkshire and Buffett are not likely that far off. 

 

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Berkshire’s own lobbying is prodigious. See the summary in the graphic that follows.

 

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Thus the tech giants plus Berkshire all share an interest in fighting antitrust action. Never forget that for Buffett and Berkshire, regulations can be a tool on their side that is wielded against other lesser firms.

 

Raw Power Over Manufactured Housing

The raw power to destroy independents is linked below.  That hot-linked text-image box takes a reader to the report which purportedly documents collusion and violations of antitrust laws.  Based upon years of research, MHProNews believes that only an AT&T style breakup of these firms under antitrust laws will suffice in the end. 

 

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In a series of direct quotes in context, a document from 21st Mortgage signed by their president Tim Williams, Warren Buffett’s direct quotes from that same year’s annual letter, and video recorded comments by Kevin Clayton, all line up in what attorneys who reviewed it see as ‘smoking gun’ evidence of antitrust violations. They demonstrate how thousands of independent retailers, communities, and several producers – among others – where purportedly directly harmed by action that could be deemed an antitrust violation. See for yourself: https://www.manufacturedhomelivingnews.com/bridging-gap-affordable-housing-solution-yields-higher-pay-more-wealth-but-corrupt-rigged-billionaires-moat-is-barrier/

 

But as a much-needed lead up to federal antitrust action, Congress can hold open hearings to spotlight on camera how Berkshire brands, MHI, and the ‘big boys’ dominating our industry impact consumers, investors, and most others.  In a similar vein, the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR), a trade group that represents independent producers, is calling for just such congressional investigations on the finance topic: see that from MHARR, at this link here

There are resident-community leaders who are coming to a similar conclusion.

 

MH Community Leader Robert Van Cleef – Public Call – Federal Investigations of Berkshire Hathaway, Clayton Homes, 21st Mortgage, Manufactured Housing Institute

There will be an exclusive, special report planned for later this week on the revolving door and how that is connected to and impacts manufactured housing. That impacts thousands of industry operations. So if MHVille matters to you, don’t miss it.

 

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Upcoming Special Opportunities Intelligence Reports, Plus Headwinds, Immediate MHC Independents Warning

April 13th, 2019 Comments off

 

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Businesses, organizations, and professions are based upon solving some need(s).  Keep that simple truth in mind.

 

 

In the case of our industry, that need is for affordable housing, and/or for ‘fast homes.’  Manufactured homes are not instant, but compared to many other operations, HUD Code homes are quicker.

This morning we will tease two upcoming reports, but our focus today is on an immediate headwinds and threats to manufactured home independents. That looming dagger is most notably in the land lease manufactured home community sector, but by extension, into other arenas too.

 

Upcoming 1: There are numerous opportunities that manufactured housing can and should serve. One very specific one will be featured in a report that should be ready next week. Demographic changes are creating opportunities that the big boys will know, but operations of small to medium size need to better understand in order to profit from.

Upcoming 2: perhaps as soon as tomorrow, we will publish a turning ‘lemons into lemonade’ report, that takes nettlesome issues that create headwinds for the industry and reveals how they can become opportunities in disguise.

Immediate – even this morning’s ‘headwinds’ report – which outlines risks current and coming, could be turned into opportunities in disguise for savvy professionals.  So read with care, don’t skim.

 

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Warren Buffett didn’t say it, but another successful and ethical business guru – Matthew Kelly – did. Want to understand something enough to benefit from it? There is no substitute to investing the time needed. Buffett says he reads 5 to 6 hours a day. Wow…but look were that got him. Invest an hour or two a day on MHProNews and MHLivingNews, and share them with your team.  You will have more intelligence for your professional life if you do so. 

 

With those upcoming features noted, let’s dive into today’s Manufactured Housing Intelligence Report for Independents.

 

 

Behind the Curtain of John Oliver’s Mobile Homes Viral Video? MHAction, and Their Agenda

First, the facts. Much of the John Oliver satirical viral hit on manufactured housing ne’er do wells was sourced from MHAction related materials. This is easy to identify because Oliver shows the ‘white paper’ that includes MHAction in his report.

 

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You build a case, by laying out the evidence, one fact at a time.

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You can download their ‘white paper’ at this link here.

That is the same white paper that MHProNews spotlighted for industry independents a few weeks ago. The Washington Post, followed by other news media outlets, reported on that same MHAction co-branded ‘research.’  Note that then and now, the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) response was the same. Per sources, they shared a few things with various state executives and others, explained why they really could not effectively respond, and it was just best to let the matter blow over.

Really?

Question. What do they get paid millions of dollars a year to do? Is MHI paid to give excuses? As one source with knowledge told MHProNews, they are committing “association malpractice.” That same source also said MHI has about $4 million in their reserves fund, and that they could mount an effective reply if they wanted to do so.

So why don’t they?

The apparent response from those smiling faces in Arlington, VA where MHI is headquartered is that they obviously don’t want to reply to attacks on the industry, even in this case, when several of those attacked are their own members. That begs the question, why not defend even your own?

As a non-industry attorney investigating manufactured housing issues that called MHProNews this week noted, who benefits from the MHI inaction? Who is harmed by their inaction?

Moving back to the MHAction co-branded ‘white paper.’

Let’s recall where MHAction gets their funding. No conjecture is needed, because here are some eye-opening facts.  Keep in mind what investigative reporter Sharyl Attiksson says, “follow the money.” ICYMI, you can click on the linked report later for more details and insights.

 

Watchdogs? Attack-Dogs? The Smear, and Manufactured Housing

 

A) From the bottom of their home page, we see this.  The image is a collage, but from their website with MHProNews comments.

 

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Building that case, one fact after another. Follow the money trail. Ask who benefits? Cui Bono?

 

B) As a reminder, a resident group informed MHLivingNews last year about MHAction’s ties with the Tides Foundation. The Advocacy Fund gets money from the Tides Foundation.

 

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C) Who are the top donors to the Tides?

 

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D) Who gave the money to the top donor, the Novo Foundation? Warren Buffett.

 

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Summing Up Before Moving Onto What’s Coming Next

We are left with the inescapable fact that Buffett’s largess helped pay for that MHAction co-branded ‘white paper’ attack on private equity firms investing in manufactured home communities.

We see that MHI, and several state executives affiliated with them, are saying let’s let this blow over.  Buffett’s Berkshire brands in MHVille dominate MHI, as the do numbers of state associations too.

That MHAction co-branded ‘white paper’ targets giant firms, and a common thread is that the ones noted by Oliver’s video were MHI members.

Just as big banks can handle regulatory hurdles better than smaller ones, so too big companies can afford to take media hits easier than smaller firms. So while it may seem counterintuitive to fund those that attack your own interests, that what is occurring. The purported logic is they can take it better than you as as a smaller business can.

To the general public watching that John Oliver video, yes, it may make Warren Buffett, Clayton Homes, Frank Rolfe, or others look bad. But that casual observer sees the entire industry looking bad. Here are some actual comments posted on the John Oliver video

 

  • You had me convinced things are wrong when you stated how many people live in mobile homes” – Chris McElroy.

 

  • John Oliver can take any topic I’ve never cared about and make them extremely interesting.” – Perfect Dawnn.

 

  • I’m laughing on the outside but crying inside,,, of my mobile home.” – dustymcdirt.

 

  • Wow, a connection between Warren Buffet and Duck Dynasty.” – TlalocW.

 

  • Wow I never knew all this before. We never hear these on NBC, CBS, ABC, FOX etc.” – Maximus Augustus.

 

  • Socialism for the rich Capitalism for the poor” – LAVIN20.

 

  • You gotta admire the dedication this show’s crew has to actually enroll in these shady seminars just to find out how awful the people behind these things really are.” – Floating Sunfish.

 

MHI, and the states, are doing little more than hand wringing. Hey! Daddy Buffet Bucks helped pay for this assault?!

Are you an MH Independent?  If so, do you see the various ways that the powers that be can hit you with unexpected headwinds?  But there is more.  Like a grand master in chess, your opponents are thinking several moves ahead.

Here is what they’ve already signaled, per sources to MHProNews, on what they are working on next.  The John Oliver viral video on “Mobile Homes,” or the Washington Post and related reports that MHAction – thanks to funding from Uncle Warren – are arguably preparing.  You may look back and think of this as the calm before the coming storm.

 

 

What’s Looming Next?

Start with two words. Rent Control.

The next ‘white paper’ the folks at MHAction are pushing is one calling for broader rent control. It is a threat to MH Communities that are independently owned.  But don’t think that the impact stops there, because our industry is interconnected, so others in MHVille will feel the impact too.  You can access their sadly flawed 2-page summary of their thinking on that issue from the image below, or this link here.  MHAction and their allies are calling for nationwide rent control.

 

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Download their two page summary promoting the flawed notion of rent control, at this link here.

 

We’ve debunked its value before, but the most recent report on that is linked below.  We’ll plan a follow up on the MHAction backed item in the days ahead.  ICYMI – our prior Daily Business News on MHProNews exclusive report, see that at the link below.

 

Rent Control & MH – Politicians “Are Carpet-Bombing Our State With Regulations That Will Deliberately Destabilize The Housing Market And Leave It Obliterated”

 

If you are an association member in a post-production or umbrella trade group, ask your leaders, or yourself, what are they doing to head this off?  That’s what a good trade association does to earn their keep.

 

 

Washington Politicos, Advocates Are Watching John Oliver’s Video

 

Sources are telling MHProNews that the John Oliver “Mobile Homes” viral video has been raising concerns in Washington, D.C. While that doesn’t always result in legislative action, it could. Do you hear that from MHI? What happened to Nathan Smith’s pledge to make MHI more proactive?

 

 

The industry’s independents are left with several vexing problems.  Among them is the question of feeding the hand(s) that bite them, by paying an association(s) that may be working against your interests. Or doing business with brands that may be working against your long-term interests as an independent. Or that some associations stand mute when challenges like these artificially generated headwinds arise.

No easy way out?

If you’ve been paying an organization to protect-educate-promote your firm, perhaps saving those dues or fees would be a useful first step?

Or as a notable association member suggested, there may need to be a battle within those trade groups to wrestle control away from the powers that be which are arguably leading the industry into one ambush after another.

We began this column with a simple truth.  Businesses, organizations, and professions are based upon solving some need(s).  What need does MHI solve?

If their purpose is to help consolidate the industry into ever fewer “big boy” hands, they are succeeding at that mission.

But in that case, MHI would arguably be falsely claiming to represent “all segments of factory-built housing,” when in fact they seem to be serving only a favored few.

Our industry has powerful and timely truths, but they are being obscured by messages like Oliver’s and MHAction’s. The good news about manufactured homes, communities, or the industry at large are not being successfully defended or promoted by MHI. The shipment data proves that all too well.

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The facts and quotes that follow demonstrate a snapshot of why this current downturn is avoidable.

 

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Gus’ message came in response to a series of exposes on issues within manufactured housing, as well as tips, strategies and opportunities.

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PBS & NPR Reporting on Manufactured Housing News, Pulling Back the Veil

January 29th, 2019 Comments off

 

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For some years, PBS and NPR have covered numerous stories that directly connect to the manufactured housing industry. The screen captures further below will reflect just two of several.

 

 

To be polite, those reports have not been flattering for the manufactured home industry.

To be blunt, those publicly-funded (in part) reports have arguably been a factor why millions of Americans don’t consider manufactured homes or manufactured home community living.

 

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Some of those PBS and NPR programs have been deemed spin, or ‘hit pieces’ by professionals within the manufactured housing industry.  Of course, that viewpoint depends on the reader’s/viewer’s perspective.  For example, some consumer groups cheer PBS or NPR reports that manufactured housing industry pros groan about.

 

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It will be recalled, for example, that the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) asked Dick Ernst, an association award winner, to speak on behalf of the industry in a PBS news item by Stephen Fee.  See that screen capture below.

 

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Note that MHProNews’ reports and analysis for that search rank immediately below PBS’?  This is a tiny example of why then Tim Williams MHI Chairman was arguably right in saying there is a good case to be made to respond to every problematic report, even though MHI themselves routinely failed to do that…

unless the matter involves a mainstream report about Clayton Homes or their affiliated lenders.  MHI seems willing to respond to certain Clayton-criticizing articles — but that’s not the focus for this analysis, PBS and NPR are.

Starting with the headline, the PBSBad Bargain” report was about financing for manufactured homes, casting the industry’s lending in a negative light.  PBS and NPR have each done news reports on the HUD Code manufactured home industry, which in hindsight, have regularly been unfavorable.

 

 

Which begs the question, why?

When there is an affordable housing crisis, why is publicly supported radio and television often seemingly slanted against the interests of manufactured homes?

As an email to a public official from MHProNews’ publisher stressed today, a proper full implementation of existing laws would arguably save HUD billions a year, while fueling up to $2 trillion dollars a year in new economic growth, essentially without taxpayer funding being needed.

 

Upcoming Exclusive

In a fresh Daily Business News (DBN) on MHProNews  readers learned that no less than 10 positive reports were produced about manufactured homes and manufactured home living last year. Actually, there were far more, but those 10 cited were routinely from third-party groups, such as Bloomberg, the Urban Institute, or the National Association of Realtors. That same DBN report said that positive third-party studies about HUD Code manufactured housing have been going on for no less than 20 years.

So, if third-party researchers find manufactured homes to be so positive, why has NPR or PBS focused on seemingly negative items?

This report will begin the process of pulling back the curtain or veil on that question, which is timely, as an upcoming exclusive report planned for tomorrow will make clear.

But a new, related analysis and fact-check report of NPR will reveal some surprises tomorrow.

Let’s follow the facts, claims, and the money-trail on PBS, NPR, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), private funding and what others have said about these quasi-public media sources.

But first, let’s set the table.

 

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PBS is a private, nonprofit media enterprise owned by its member public television stations. PBS distributes programming to nearly 350 locally owned and operated public television stations across the country and is funded principally by these member stations and by CPB.” says the Corporation for Public Broadcasting FAQ page. 

Wikipedia says that “PBS is funded by member station dues, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, corporate contributions, National Datacast, pledge drives, private foundations and individual citizens. All proposed funding is subjected to a set of standards to ensure the program is free of influence from the funding source.” Seriously? If some mega-donor has an obvious interest in a news item, is the seasoned thinking viewer supposed to believe that donors have zero influence over how a story is covered?

Forbes said on Oct 16, 2011 that “NPR and PBS offer some of the very best news and programming on television and radio today, even if some shows slant to the left.”

By contrast, TruthOut said in an article entitled “The Corporate Dictatorship of PBS and NPR” that “PBS is blowing it, and their decision not to air a documentary on the Koch brothers is pretty horrifying proof of it.”

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) receives federal funding for public media, which also receives private donor support.

CPB invests limited funds in the production of innovative, diverse content that aligns with public media’s mission—to provide universal access to high-quality educational programming in the United States, especially to underserved audiences,” says the CPB’s website.

Stations leverage each $1 of federal funding to raise over $6 from other sources — including state and local governments, philanthropic foundations, private businesses, and universities — a tremendous return on the taxpayer investment,” per the CPB.

Individual contributions are the largest source of revenue for public media entities, which primarily come through membership donations to local stations. CPB also supports local public media stations. In fact, by law, 95 percent of CPB’s appropriation from the federal government goes to support local television and radio stations, programming, and improvements to the public broadcasting system.” The CPB website also says that “The programs that you hear and see on your favorite public broadcasting stations come from a variety of sources including PBS, NPR, American Public Media, the National Minority Consortia, local stations such as WGBH, WNET, WBEZ and WNYC…”

 

Initial Takeaways?

Forbes is considered a right of center media outlet. TruthOut is from the opposite end of the spectrum, self-described progressive media.  But the reality is that you can find conservative criticism of NPR and PBS, and left-wing praise too.

 

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But what initially emerges are these points.

  • There are absolutely those voices – including from mainstream media – the believe that PBS and NPR do have a bias, and that they can be influenced by their donors.
  • As MHProNews has noted for years, these outlets seem to have a bias against manufactured housing professionals but are okay – for example – with Resident Owned Communities (ROCs).
  • The screen captures above reflect what other recent MHProNews reports have documented, that the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) or the Berkshire brands in manufactured housing have not defended the industry from negative attacks that even Tim Williams/21st President and CEO said could make sense.

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One point that billionaires Warren Buffett and Donald J. Trump – before becoming president – both said in their own words was this.  It pays to know as much as you can about your own profession, said billionaire Trump.   Buffett said he reads 5 to 6 hours a day. Both believe it pays to know about the various forces that impact or influence your profession.

So, for savvy professionals, it pays to read and share with your circle reports like this – and the revelations that will follow tomorrow, as we continue to pull back the curtain on PBS, NPR and how it influences manufactured housing. Stay tuned.

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“Check Your Facts,” “Follow the Money” – Journalist Sharyl Attkisson, Fake News, MHVille Takeaways

December 13th, 2018 Comments off

 

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Few themes arise” in mainstream media “organically,” said Attkisson in this TEDx talk video. She relates a story by a propagandist.  “It’s like a movie,” the propagandist explained, giving her chills at that moment. “Nearly every scene or image that crosses our path in our daily life was put there for a reason,” he said, per Attkisson, who is an award winning journalist. Those themes, per the propagandist, are “authored by someone that paid a lot of money to put them there.”

 

She proposes the whole fake news campaign could be aimed to make people doubt one particular side of a narrative, news source, or website.

Attkisson explains that when she connects the dots, she finds it useful to “follow the money.” That’s a theme that Marty Lavin has hammered for years, and that MHProNews has particularly utilized in 2018 and before.

Who was funding the non-profit First Draft and its anti-fake news effort?” the seasoned journalist rhetorically asked.

It was Google.

Google exec Eric Schmidt, a Hillary Clinton supporter and campaign adviser, was behind the First Draft platform, explained the investigative reporter.

Now for those on the progressive side of politics, keep in mind that Attkisson came from CBS News. She strives to be unbiased, independent, in her perspective as a mainstream journalist is supposed to be trained to do. David Brock, Clinton’s surrogate at Media Matters and Clinton were both on the “fake news train.”

I’m not the only one who thinks the whole thing smacked of a roll-out of a propaganda campaign,” the reporter says in her TEDx talk. Glen Greenwald of the Intercept said that those who denounce fake news are often the ones guilty of it.

There’s tons of content like what she says online, but not all of it is from sources as reputable as Attkisson. We found this particular-gem today. She says Donald Trump co-opted the “Fake News” term, he didn’t create it. The ploy, she argues, backfired on the left’s purported proponents.

 

Powerful Interest Trying to Manipulate

Attkisson says she is not trying to litigate who is correct.  Rather, she is saying that “powerful interests are trying to manipulate your opinion.”

As regular, longer time, Daily Business News on MHProNews readers know, we’ve been on this theme that predates this TEDx talk by some time.  We were already following facts, evidence, history, and the money.  We admit that there was some things – that are arguably fake – that we were either blinded to, or distracted from. It was industry voices – people in positions of knowledge – that patiently told us the lay of the land on some issues we didn’t have completely right.

Now, we seek to be patient with those who wonder what’s wrong with the industry that ought to be doing many times better than it is.

 

 

Attkisson gives expert tips.

These go beyond industry divisions, or national politics, by striking at the heart of seeking the truth.

That’s what our industry should be focused on, getting the truth out about our products and services. We’ll paraphrase some of her takeaways, while encouraging you to see and hear what she’s observed and discovered.

  • Is the media trying to shape or censor facts, rather than report them?
  • When it seems that everyone in the media industry is using the same words, the same narratives, even the same phrases, “it might be the result of an organized campaign.”
  • She warns against “media literacy,” an effort to get laws passed to make one side’s version of reality to be taught and accepted in public schools. She says they are developing websites, working with journalists, and universities. This is a red flag, she argues. Attkisson says these are people who want to tell you what to believe.

What you need to remember,” the journalist said, “is that when interests are working this hard to shape your opinions, their true goal might just be to add another layer between you and the truth.”

Question authority. Analyze what a source is saying, including this source that you are reading. If you see an factual error, let us know.  We routinely challenge MHI, Clayton, et al to offer any fact or evidence based corrections.

Crickets. That speaks volumes.

Try to be objective, share that notion with your team mates that don’t already see what you get, and tell them to go where the evidence, money, and logic point.  As a related note, the industry obviously suffers from problematic reporting inside MHVille and aimed at it.  Both of those need to be proactively addressed, see the related reports, further below.

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Due Credit, Warren Buffett, Media, and Manufactured Housing’s Historic Achievement

November 1st, 2018 Comments off

 

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What we learn from history is that people don’t learn from history,”

–        Warren Buffett, per MarketWatch.

 

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

– Warren Buffett, per Brainy Quote.

 

The smarter the journalists are, the better off society is. For to a degree, people read the press to inform themselves – and the better the teacher, the better the student body.”

–        Warren Buffett, per Brainy Quote.

 

I just read and read and read. I probably read five to six hours a day.

Warren Buffett – according to the Business Quotes.

 

I want them [the Berkshire Hathaway CEOs] to judge every action by how it would appear on the front page of their local news paper, written by a smart but semi-unfriendly reporter, who really understood it, to be read by their families, their neighbors, their friends. And it has to pass that test

Warren Buffett, according to the Business Quotes.

 

It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning.”

– Henry Ford, per Brainy Quote.

 

You can fool all the people some of the time and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.”

 

–        Abraham Lincoln, per the Quote Investigator.

 

America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we [some fellow Americans] destroyed ourselves.”

–        Abraham Lincoln, per Brainy Quote.

 

You can’t always get what you want. But if you try sometime you find you get what you need.”

– The Rolling Stones, song lyrics, per YouTube.

 

Never invest in a business you cannot understand.”

– Warren Buffett, per MarketWatch

 

Whether we’re talking about socks or stocks, I like buying quality merchandise when it is marked down.” 

– Warren Buffett, per MarketWatch

 

Notice: There will be certain relevant
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plus linked related reports below the by line.

 

Give Warren Buffett his due.

 

The man is smart, and successful. Friends and foes alike can admit that fact. Mr. Buffett is well read. He is patient. When he sees a good opportunity to buy in an industry that makes sense, he strives to get a bargain when he can.

Those are all principles that Buffett himself has stated at various times. Not unlike the 45th President – Donald J. Trump – Warren Buffett has made himself accessible to the media for years.

But Buffett, unlike fellow billionaire turned President Trump, has owned several media outlets, some for many years.

Mr. Buffett has written in recent years about synergy at Berkshire Hathaway. Synergy is not a novel concept to one of the world’s richest men.

Misinformation – misunderstandings about manufactured homes – are among the larger challenges that the industry has. There is also an unjustifiable stigma about manufactured homes. Media is uniquely poised to address those issues. As Bloomberg exemplified earlier this, there are times when manufactured housing gets favorable and fair media coverage.

An important question should be, why doesn’t the industry get favorable media more often?

Before proceeding, let’s note Buffett is the well known chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, which owns:

 

–        Clayton Homes,

–        Vanderbilt Mortgage & Finance,

–        21st Mortgage Corp.,

–        Shaw Carpeting,

–        NAI – the Joanne Stevens led manufactured housing brokerage company,

–        along with other corporate and media interests that are captured in this next infographic.

 

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Among those holdings by Berkshire are the BH Media Group. There are some 31 newspapers all told.

As anyone who follows Buffett and Berkshire knows, he can get on television virtually any time he wants to do so. CNBC has fawning coverage of Buffett. At times, so does Fox Business.

But back to the point.

If misinformation and misunderstandings are part of the Manufactured Homes (MH) Industry’s challenge, and Buffett understands the power of synergy between units of Berkshire, that raises a question. Given his gifted mind, why hasn’t Buffett’s BH Media Group done a campaign of favorable media coverage for manufactured housing?

Let’s use but one example from 31 that Buffett’s brands own to make the next point.

 

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The above are screen captures of articles run by Omaha, the Omaha News Herald’s online edition, a BH Media Group paper in Buffett’s headquarters city. You might think of Omaha as his flagship publication, although he owns others with large readership, such as the Tulsa World too.  They are mobile Google searches from yesterday, at the date and time shown, from Berkshire’s Omaha news website.

The first search above uses the term “mobile home.”

The second search used the term “manufactured home.”

 

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Is it possible that Buffett has missed the importance of using correct terminology? So why would Buffett allow his own newspapers to allow misinformation about the industry to continue?

Hold that thought for now, don’t forget that they are failing to correct what they have the resources to properly inform millions. That said, let’s press on.

 

What Buffett’s Allies Missed

In fairness to Mr. Buffett, there are certain things that Warren Buffett’s minions in manufactured housing could not have anticipated. Those will be covered in part in the disclosures, near the end of this post.

But let’s note for the moment the quotes at top, above.

Buffett’s own words clearly state that he believes most normal people would have given up reading an article like this already. Quotes like the above, and others from “the Oracle of Omaha,” indicates that he counts on professionals like yourself most not doing too much reading.  He teaches his unit managers certain principles, explains Kevin Clayton in the video above.

Put the quotes together, and the Berkshire brands count on most people avoiding details, and critical – meaning, analytical – thought.

Buffett also believes people have little or no interests in history, which along with reading, he finds quite useful and profitable.

Buffett also thinks people are chained to their habits. Sadly, he’s normally not incorrect. Will you be the exception?

Put those Buffett principles and his strategic “Moat” principles together, and it means that people – even intelligent professionals like yourself – can be manipulated, and financial advantages gained.

In a recent annual letter, Buffett quipped that Berkshire had 3 percent of the real estate brokerage market, which generated $1.3 billion in volume, adding “That leaves 97 percent [of the real estate market] to go.”

That 97 percent wisecrack was spoken like a true monopolist. In manufactured housing, he’s at or over 50 percent, in just 15 short years. The brokerage jibe was stated as matter of fact, but could also be construed as a jest. Thus, it’s brilliance, if he were ever asked to testify about the matter – or others – before the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Congress, FBI investigators, or a Department of Justice (DOJ) attorney.

Because as Bloomberg reported – and the Daily Business News on MHProNews spotlighted last year, the one thing that Warren Buffett fears is the breakup of Berkshire Hathaway. More on that later.

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Kevin Clayton, President and CEO of Clayton Homes, was considered for a time as a possible successor to Buffett as chairman of Berkshire. In a puff video interview of Kevin Clayton shown below, not a word of Clayton’s or his friendly interviewer’s has been edited or altered. But text commentary and some images have been added, to put context and facts to what is said.

 

 

That combination of Kevin’s words, plus text that mention published MHProNews reports makes this video a powerful tool.  The video and Smoking Gun 3 are a must to understand how once-powerful firms in our industry have vanished.  Others re-emerged only after bankruptcy, and today, only some 20 percent of manufactured housing production is from the vast majority of manufactured home builders.

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

 

The principles he’s used have created what Maxine Waters (CA-D), and others have called a monopoly or near monopoly.  Look at the trend line, noting that more details – including extensive quotes from Buffett and Tim Williams of 21st Mortgage Corp, are found in the report linked above.

 

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Why did Belsky miss his predicted date? Because it came before Buffett’s entry into MH? See Smoking Gun 3.

 

Tim Williams, 21st Mortgage, and former MHI Chairman…

Our publisher, L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach was for some time quite chummy with Tim Williams, and Richard ‘Dick’ Jennison. Each of those two praised MHProNews and MHLivingNews. They can’t deny that, so they don’t.

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To see the full on-the-record statement by Williams to MHProNews, click here.

 

Jim Clayton, the founder of Clayton Homes and Clayton Bank, praised 21st’s Tim Williams. Williams, per Jim Clayton, is likewise a brilliant, gifted and disciplined professional.

Notice that in none of our analysis or fact-checks of Buffett, the Claytons, Williams, MHI top staffers, or others in the mix does either MHProNews or MHLivingNews go beyond the facts, evidence, credible allegations – and so notes them.  We don’t not use ad hominems or other cheap shots. Rather, we follow the facts, logic, evidence and the money trail. That’s prudent. That is the basis for credibility. That’s part of the reason why, we’re told by credible sources, hundreds of the top industry leaders are regular readers of MHProNews, plus thousands of the small-to-mid-sized businesses.

Competitors are also among our strong readers, again, per messages forwarded to us by their followers.

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When these signs were first introduced, top MHI staff claimed it was aimed at ‘outside’ media, not ‘industry media.’ What caused their change toward a dues paying association member? What message does it send to others in the association? What message does it send to the industry at large? Is MHI trying to create a de facto industry trade media monopoly?  Other monopolies too? L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach, publisher, holding the MHI poster.

Until MHProNews, there were no manufactured home industry trade publishers that seriously did the kinds of fact-checks that we have done for years now. That doesn’t diminish the others who blog, or publish. It’s simply a statement of fact. The significance will be clear, further below.

It should be noted that about 18 months ago, the Berkshire dominated Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) directly and through purportedly outside counsel threatened MHProNews on a number of issues.  We were a dues paying member at that time. Our reply was to call their bluff. After a brief flurry of direct and indirect activity, Berkshire dominated MHI decided to go quiet.

But what MHI has been doing is obliquely dealing with issues that the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR), and/or MHProNews have publicly raised in writing. On topic after topic, MHI has had to pivot.  They don’t admit it as such.  But they’ve come to realize that fact-checks of MHI, of Clayton, of 21st or other Berkshire brands are taking their toll on the industry’s perceptions.

How is that known?  In part through third-party data which reflects a surge of traffic on MHProNews in the last 12 months.

 

 

Others in MHVille Claiming Harm by MHI, Berkshire Brands

 

A growing number of manufactured home professionals have met with, called, or messaged MHProNews’ publisher, and told their personal tale about the ways that “the moat” was – and related – was deployed against them.

At the proper time, and in the proper venue – no doubt after the midterms – those third-party stories will be told.

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What Buffett feared, a skeptical journalist that seeks the facts in MHVille, is something that Buffett, Clayton, and Tim Williams/21st didn’t count on.  How could they have known that our publisher, who:

–        has an award-winning university background in history,

–        earned a journalism scholarship,

–        studied business as a minor,

–        later entered the manufactured housing industry, earning numerous awards,

–        would after some 15+ years in the trenches of the industry, would launch this publication?

–        Who else besides someone who understand the industry well, still does consulting and services, could have pieced together the various elements of the puzzle that has caused experts to wonder why manufactured housing has struggled, while RVs, conventional housing, and automotive – among others – have grown substantially?

Williams himself, says our publisher, intentionally or not gave certain clues that resulted in some of these reports.

So too did Richard ‘Dick’ Jennison, MHI’s president.  Jim Clayton shared insights that are going to be upcoming in the days ahead.

Then, there is the ongoing study of Warren Buffett himself.  Hold those thoughts.

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Buffett’s Berkshire Empire, and the Intersection of Politics and Money

It is not new that money influences politics, and vice versa.

It is not new that most people only lightly follow the news, much less politics. So knowing patterns of behavior – plus the machinations purported in Smoking Gun 3 and other reports – Buffett’s men in manufactured housing have had an advantage over almost everyone.

That was true until Tim Williams, Dick Jennison, Lesli Gooch – among others – statements and actions sparked the curiosity of our publisher.

It was something Buffett may not have anticipated.  In fairness, how could he?

Buffett purportedly knows that the Trump Administration – and potential antitrust actions – are arguably the biggest threat to his operation. There are, per federal and other legal sources, already enough published to establish the basis for opening an investigation.

With that understood, and knowing that Congress could play a role in a major antitrust action, can you see why Clayton, Tim Williams, and other MHI insiders are supporting Democratic candidates in key races?

The good news?

Even largely left-leaning media polling reveals that the GOP candidates in several of these races show that the  Democratic/Buffett/Clayton/MHI plays are poised for defeat.

But the votes are not all in, much less counted.

For those who think ahead, as Buffett does, the prudent move is to vote for Buffett’s Democratic opponents.

Otherwise, the nation could return to Obama era politics and regulations. Or MHAction style targeting could be aimed at your firm someday.

But there are other surprising facts we’ve not yet published.  Stay tuned, and sign up for our ‘read hot’ emailed news.

 

 

 

Buffett Berkshire Brands, and the Intersection of Information

Clayton Homes and 21st Mortgage’s Manufactured Housing “Spies”

 

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

 

“Distracting Spectacles” Tech Billionaire Peter Thiel on New American Politics, Trump Campaign

 

 

Never Give Up the Con…

Never give up the con,” said Dinesh D’Souza in his acclaimed documentary, Hillary’s America.

You can watch this fascinating video on several streaming services. The teaser is posted below.

 

MHProNews identified 2 years ago documentaries like Clinton Cash that have had millions of views. Why would an ‘honest’ businessman support a political operation like the Clintons?

CNN is among the media outlets that reported federal probes of the Clintons that are underway.

 

 

The author of Clinton Cash, which did a ‘follow the money’ report on their controversy plagued foundation, later released a graphic novel, a teaser on that is shown below.

The point in part is that none of these are secrets.  But who else in MHVille have tied together these various threads, for industry professionals to read or view them?

MHLivingNews – and MHProNews before it – were each launched with the idea that informed and motivated trade media had to be part of the solution for the manufactured housing industry’s growth.

We said at the top that there would be disclosures.  Here they are, and those who’ve read us for years know these to be accurate.

Our publisher, quoting a line from a Clint Eastwood movie, says “a man has to know his own limitations.” Our editing could be more precise, and with more sponsorship, that will occur. Help us, help the independents of this industry, so that more growth will occur.

MHProNews and MHLivingNews evolved on certain topics, so we understand that others will catch up at different paces too.

But at each turn, we’ve laid out the facts as then known.  No one has challenged the facts or allegations. There were too many voices saying similar things.

Our publisher has invited directly and in digital print public discussion of these items on video with MHI or Clayton/Buffett brands, that could be replayed for all to see.  So far, no takers.  Why not?  If there is nothing to hide, why are they ducking legitimate discussion?

The answer may be in part in that Kevin Clayton video, posted above.  It’s purportedly better than a deposition, in this respect. Kevin says things freely, that in hindsight are arguably stunning admissions, from an antitrust perspective.

The midterms next week could be a repeat of 2016.  Democrats have very deep pocket billionaires, like Warren Buffett, pushing their agenda.  Odd that the party that claims to be for taxing the rich, in fact is backed by the rich, isn’t it?  Odd that a party that claims to be against monopolies, has so many oligarchs supporting it?

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America went through the so-called robber baron era.  It took federal antitrust efforts to break it up.  The same will be true this time, only the challenge may be greater, since it isn’t just Buffett’s Berkshire that needs to be broken up.  It is also the so-called FAANG companies.

 

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And among them are those who are paying lobbyists and even former Barack Obama millions to help their cause in Washington, or to fight for their Democratic candidates on the campaign trail.

 

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The next step is easy, for those who want to break free of the purportedly corrupted, rigged system.  Vote for those who back the president who has already drafted an antitrust executive order.

 

Giving Buffett His Historic Due

Our headline and those quotes were all spot on.  Buffett is a smart man. His game has been successful for years. But Team Trump arguably understands what Buffett, and the people behind the FAANG companies, have been doing.

The countdown is coming.  The Trump Administration has been rebuilding the economy.

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In MHVille, we’ve been honored to have a part in spotlighting these issues – and beyond research – our stories have often with the help of third-party news tips.  Please keep those documents and tips coming.  More special reports lie ahead.

The historic irony from the headline is this.

It’s the onetime history major who fell in love with the manufactured housing industry, and others working with him, that has been working to spotlight what and how the ‘big boy’s and their minions could not have anticipated.

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MHProNews looks at the facts, considers the sources, and follows the evidence. MHI earlier last year, and for years before, MHI routinely replied promptly to all inquiries. But since we’ve spotlighted the problems and concerns, they’ve gone silent. Why? If the facts are on their side, why not make offer a cogent explanation?

 

Follow the evidence.  Follow the facts.  Follow the money.

 

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Ask yourself. Do these Marty Lavin dictums apply in this case?

 

Then, vote wisely, and get others to do the same. This worked in 2016, and it can work again in 2018.

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Follow the Money – 100s of Immigration Protests, MoveOn, George Soros, The Border, Mexico’s AMLO, and Manufactured Housing

July 2nd, 2018 Comments off
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The signs the protesters are carrying speak volumes, and ought to be troubling to professionals, investors and all other thinkers too.

The economy is moving again. Hundreds of billions in capital have already poured back into the U.S. during the first quarter of 2018. But it could all be turned upside down, depending on the outcomes of the 2018 midterms. And big, “dark money” is backing efforts that led to hundreds of weekend protests that could stymie the economic recovery, and upend the progress being made for manufactured housing and investors.

 

The political left, centrists, and the supporters of President Donald J. Trump are making the border and immigration key issues in the approaching 2018 midterms.

Manufactured housing industry professionals know that illegal immigrants are among those who buy HUD Code manufactured homes, or even pre-HUDCode mobile homes.  

Some companies have set up special lending for those who are undocumented.

Several manufactured home producers found out the hard way that illegal immigrants are subject to arrest and deportation. MHProNews reported exclusively on a wave of ICE raids last year that impacted mostly independent producers of manufactured housing.

So immigration is a vexing, controversy-ridden hot-button issue for the industry and the nation.  

But with some of the lowest unemployment rates in the U.S. since federal record-keeping, recent polling indicates that the popularity of President Trump, and his economic plan are winning over Hispanics, blacks, women, and more independents. 

The coalition that former President Barack Obama and other Democrats before him organized, is being eroded. The normal playbook that progressive leaning politicos use against conservatives and the GOP in general has not worked as well against Donald Trump as it has against several others before him.

 

Democrats and their Supporters Are Concerned 

Chuck Todd from left-of-center NBC, whose coverage is largely anti-Trump per third party sources, said on Sunday that the president is winning. But that doesn’t mean that the left is giving up. 

Those large rallies that reportedly drew hundreds of thousands nationally didn’t spontaneously organize themselves. That many people requires planning, and money.  

Who’s behind it? 

The Daily Business News will hereby pull back the veil, so that professionals and investors can see who are the groups behind the weekend protests curtain. Their own statements will tell an important tale.

 

 

Weekend Anti-Trump Immigration Rallies  

The main rally was held in Washington, D.C., but 628 sister rallies were planned for locations in all 50 states. 

“(The) family separation crisis is not over. We have a situation where the Trump administration seems to be aiming to detain families,” said Karthik Ganapathy, a MoveOn.org spokesman, said per USA Today.

That took place even though on June 20, President Trump signed an executive order designed to stop family separations, which were a policy used to varying degrees by Presidents Bush and Obama too.

Beyond the president’s executive order, on June 26, a federal judge in California ordered immigration authorities on the border to reunite families within 30 days. So why did the rallies occur, when the predicated reason for it the are already being addressed? 

 

What is MoveOn, and Where Did Their Money Come From?

Whether it’s supporting a candidate, passing legislation, or changing our culture, MoveOn members are committed to an inclusive and progressive future.” So says the MoveOn website.  

Our rapid-response organizing and campaigning, communications interventions, digital innovation, rigorous data science and testing, and culture of grassroots participation have repeatedly combined to produce real-world impact, changing outcomes and making our country better,” according to MoveOn’s about us page. 

In their short history section, MoveOn boldly states, “Since the 2016 election, we have formed a pillar of the Resistance to Trump.”

MoveOn came out big, endorsing Barack Obama before Super Tuesday in an unprecedented primary endorsement member vote,” stated MoveOn’s highlights page as of this morning.

MoveOn is strategic, and think big from the left.

In 2006, they touted their “unprecedented” mobilization efforts. “MoveOn member volunteers made 7 million phone calls, organized 7,500 house parties, and launched 6,000 in-district events.”

MoveOn led a multi-prong effort to brand the GOP as beholden to corporate special interests,” their website brags. What is interesting about that is the fact that third-party research indicates that more big corporations and big foundations are Democratic or progressive in their political and social orientation.

A list of the anti-Trump rally supporting groups involved is the weekend rallies is attached to this report, based on the organizers’ own website, and is found at this link here.  Many are reminders of a progressive organization’s “who’s who.”  

In 2016, “MoveOn Political Action is in the midst of running an unprecedented campaign to draft Senator Elizabeth Warren into the presidential race.” Warren, is the left-wing firebrand that President Trump has dubbed “Pocahontas,” for her disputed claim for having Native American ancestry.

Warren was one of the driving forces behind Dodd-Frank, which former President Barack Obama championed.

Berkshire Hathaway chairman Warren Buffett supported POTUS Obama’s and candidate Secretary Hillary Clinton’s position on Dodd-Frank and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).  The linked reports can be read later for greater insight. 

But interestingly, Warren has also come out against some of Warren Buffett’s positions, as MHProNews previously reported at this link here. Buffett supported Secretary Hillary Clinton in 2016.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Follow the Money

MoveOn was started in 1998, says FactCheck, as a defense of President Bill Clinton, who faced impeachment. Censure President Clinton and Move On to Pressing Issues Facing the Nation.”  

FactCheck is supported by the “Annenberg Public Policy Center,” and other sources.  

A major funder of MoveOn is billionaire George Soros, said FactCheck.

According to FactCheck, “Initial donors [to MoveOn] included billionaire George Soros, a major donor to liberal causes, who spent millions in 2004 trying unsuccessfully to defeat President Bush.” 

Soros has been slammed by the Hungarian government’s Prime Minister Viktor Mihály Orbán.  

Soros is a Hungarian by birth, and has supported open border policies in Europe as well as the United States. “Most recently, Soros has supported a liberal immigration policy in Europe as a response to the refugee crisis,” said the Atlantic in December of 2017. 

MoveOn’sPolitical leanings: Democratic/Liberal,” stated FactCheck.

Last year, CNN reported that Soros gave a stunning $18 billion dollars to fund organizations and causes he supports.

Per CNN, “…George Soros has moved $18 billion to his foundation — the majority of his estimated $24.6 billion fortune.”

 

Sunday’s Mexican Elections… 

Leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrado, is known by the acronym, AMLO. López has tried and failed twice before to capture México’s presidency, noted the Times of Israel.

Mexican presidential candidate and Bernie Sanders doppelganger Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) declared mass immigration to the United States a “human right@realDonaldTrump to be prescient yet again in assessing the illegal immigration issue,” said Thread Reader, just days before the 2018 election yesterday of AMLO as México’s next president. That source claims Soros and his Open Society have been among those backing AMLO.  

AMLO promised Mexicans to end corruption in their country, and double the Mexican minimum wage.

The Trump Administration is currently in the process of seeking to revamp the NAFTA trade agreement. The U.S. reportedly had a $71.1 billion in 2017, per the United States Trade Representative (USTR.gov).

So with the election of AMLO, Mexico is apparently about to embrace policies that have tuned once more prosperous Venezuela into in a socialist basket-case economy in roughly a decade. Will the U.S. see even more border crossings in the days ahead, if the Mexican economy falters?

A 2009 Gallup poll found that 165 million globally would like to move to the United States. Those kinds of numbers would totally destabilize the U.S. and our economy.

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While the humanitarian concerns are often rooted in a sincere desire to help those afflicted. But illegal immigration leads to human trafficking, rapes, avoidable deaths, and drugs smuggling into the U.S. the FAIR – the Federation for Immigration Reform, in data also cited by Wikipedia, said in Sept 2017 that “FAIR estimates the economic impact of illegal immigrants to be over $115 billion annually.” 

The president, whose own wife – First Lady Melania Trump – is an immigrant, has said repeatedly that he is for legal immigration, but is opposed to all of the woes caused by illegal immigration. MS13 and angel parents – those who have lost children to crimes committed by illegal immigrants – are frequently by the Trump Administration as reasons for his proposed $25 billion dollar border wall.

 

Stage Managing News to Manipulate?

Protests are routinely followed by local, regional, or national news. So when hundreds of thousands turn out, and paint the Trump Administration as evil anti-immigrant racists, it’s clearly an effort to mobilize voters, and to tug at emotional heart-strings. 

But is it working?

On June 22, UPI reported that More than half of American voters say parents are to blame when child migrants are separated from families illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, according to a Rasmussen…”

Fundraising on the left and the right are pointing to the immigration issue. While anything can happen between now and the midterms, this is the front-and-center issue in the past few weeks.

Abraham Lincoln said, “You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.”  

Lincoln, America’s 16th President, also said that America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.” – according to BrainyQuotes. 

That doesn’t mean that there aren’t Benedict Arnold’s at work in America. Some of those who undermine America may have been immigrants to the U.S., and can we offer  the example of billionaire MoveOn backer George Soros? “We Provide, You Decide.” ©

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Trump’s New Theme vs Clinton – Follow the Money, Crowd Shouts Back: ‘Lock her up!’

September 29th, 2016 Comments off

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Over 60% of those polled answer the ‘right track, wrong track’ question by saying that the nation is on the wrong track.

In a change election year, enthusiasm for Trump matters.

And look out manufactured housing pros, because news reports out of Pennsylvania indicate that manufactured home residents are tilting towards Trump, which continues a trend the New York Times reported in the spring.  There are similar reports in other parts of the nation about manufactured home residents tilting pro-Trump too.

The Trump campaign has rolled out a post-debate theme that seems to be working with crowds.

Speaking about Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, GOP Donald Trump tells his audience – follow the money – a reference to the Clinton Foundation and related pay-for-play accusations.  The crowd roars back, “Lock her up! Lock her up!”

Continuing our survey of campaign coverage from a variety of media, and across the web…

Bloomberg The Clinton campaign has a millennial math problem

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 WASH POST PAGE ONE THURSDAY: AWKWARD QUESTIONS FOR HILLARY ABOUT BILL’S WOMEN…

 
Juanita Broaddrick Takes On Chelsea…


‘Your father is a sexual predator’…

 

FLASHBACK: Why ‘Bimbos’ Fear Presidency… 

 

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Does it bother the L. A. Times, which is pro-Hillary, that Donald Trump has been ahead for much of their daily tracking poll results?

USA INTERNET SURRENDER DAYS AWAY…

MEDIA DISMISS DANGERS…

FCC Commissioner: This Is Irreversible…

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NY Times reports that newspapers backing Clinton are facing record cancellations.

Obamacare Dying…

NBC Why the Michelle Obama/George W. Bush hug moved people

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Washington threatens to cut off all contacts with Moscow over Syria…


DIAMOND AND SILK LASH LESTER HOLT…

Previous post-debate coverage on MHProNews has been posted…daily…this week.  One of those is linked below.

While few in media seem to be talking much yet about the upcoming vice-presidential debate, it is bound to be a good matchup.

The other under-discussed political topic?

Venezuela.  Socialism doesn’t work. Take away incentives, and quality, productivity and the quality of work tend to go down. Venezuela – an oil rich nation – is melting down after years of socialistic leadership. What lessons should that hold for the U.S.?

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