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It’s Your Money, Future – Snapshot of Leading 2020 Democratic Contenders for Oval Office

April 1st, 2019 Comments off


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We’ve curated tonight’s report from 3 different sources that cover the left-right media divide. It will be laced – of course – with our own Daily Business News on MHProNews manufactured home industry focused analysis.

 

By way of disclosure, our plan for this campaign season is to do something different.  As we track and digest the candidates, we will focus more on three different ‘ones to watch’ for 2020.  Mindful that we are political independents, here’s the working plan for our coverage in the race for 2020.

  • One will be from the GOP, which at this stage seems to be President of the United States (POTUS) Donald J. Trump.
  • Another will be those Democrats – narrowing it down to one – who espouse policy positions that may, at some level, have a benefit for our part of the affordable housing industry.
  • Finally, we will look at independents and minor party candidates. At this point, our eyes are on Howard Schultz, who is carving a unique path for a Democrat floating the possibility of a third-party run for the White House.

Among Democrats, our early look was at Elizabeth Warren, due to one primary issue – her strongly stated antitrust stance. Frankly, some of her policy positions are otherwise harmful for our industry and the nation. Pete Buttigieg looks like he may be getting some fundraising O2 as well, and we will reach out at some point to his campaign if this trajectory continues. Coming from South Bend, Indiana – near the birthplace of manufactured housing – Buttigieg could in theory offer some pluses that other declared Democrats don’t.

 

What follows are pull-quotes from right-of-center Fox Business, that are complimented by videos from left of center Bloomberg and CBS News.  We’ll conclude this early campaign snapshot with some points for industry pros and investors to consider.

The latest polling, per Bloomberg, of top possible and accounted candidates are as follows.

 

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Pete Buttigieg

South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg said on Monday that his campaign raised more than $7 million in the first quarter of 2019.”  Buttigieg is reportedly an openly homosexual candidate. That’s a non-factor to MHProNews politically, but it may be a major party first that could benefit him with segments of the Democratic base.

 

Francis Beto” O’Rourke

Former congressman and 2020 presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke’s campaign raised a record-breaking amount in the first 24 hours after his candidacy was announced…O’Rourke received $6.1 million in online contributions, according to his campaign…” He reportedly also has cash on hand from his failed 2018 campaign for the U.S. Senate against Republican Ted Cruz.

 

 

Bernie Sanders

Independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders raised more than $5.9 million in the first full day after he launched his campaign. In less than a week after the declaration of his candidacy, his team said he raised $10 million…” Sanders has perhaps the biggest organizational advantage, given his failed run for the Oval office in 2016 as a Democratic contender.

Kamala Harris

California Sen. Kamala Harris, who declared her candidacy earlier this year, raised $1.5 million in the 24 hours following her announcement. That included $1 million in the first 12 hours. The average donation was about $37, among 38,000 donors. Harris will not be accepting donations from PACs. Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar raised more than $1 million within the first 48 hours after she launched her campaign, far less than the totals of some of her colleagues.”

 

Amy Klobuchar

Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar raised more than $1 million within the first 48 hours after she launched her campaign, far less than the totals of some of her colleagues. Klobuchar will also not accept donations from PACs.”

 

Elizabeth Warren

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s campaign did not publicly disclose how much it raised in the first 24 hours after she declared her candidacy, but according to filings with the Federal Election Commission (FEC), she raised more than $299,000 after announcing that she was forming an exploratory committee. According to Politico, that included more than 8,000 donations on the day that she announced the committee – with an average donation amount of about $37.”

 

The U.S. is Too Far Down the List Among Nation’s With the Highest Percentage of Home Ownership 

Once more, our focus will be what’s best for citizens, current mobile/manufactured home owners, and the nation.  The graphic below is an indictment of both major parties in the last few decades on this issue.  The American Dream includes home ownership, not merely affordable renting.

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Manufactured housing is the most proven form of affordable housing. It offers consumer safeguards that far more expensive conventional housing does not offer.

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The Industry Rundown at this Time?

Frankly, most of the Democratic field has tended too far left.  Many are pushing unrealistic plans, such as the Green New Deal, or “Medicare for All,” which some GOP types of nick-named, “Medicare for None” – because they believe it will rapidly bankrupt the nation.

Warren and Buttigieg will be interesting to watch, but both will need to do something to break out.  Will they pivot to a more business savvy position?  Time will tell.

Among Democrats, the one who is pushing more centrist concepts is Howard Schultz, as he tests the waters for a possible independent run for the White House.  He is uniquely talking more about the dollars and cents of various policies, more so than anyone on the Democratic side.

In 2016, we formally endorsed Donald J. Trump, and overall his blend of typically Democratic and GOP policies that created what in some ways is a unique blend that could well propel him to reelection in 2020. Again, as a disclosure for new readers, this writer had an article published here on MHProNews spotlighted on the Trump 2016 campaign website.

Team Trump clearly valued our trade media’s support.  No one else in MHVille trade media even came close to trying, much less being nationally recognized.

 

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

 

That said, as noted above, we will plan to narrow our picks down to 3 in 2020 as we being to approach the conventions.

  • The GOP contender we believe has the best policies for the nation and our industry,
  • A Democrat, with the same criteria, who will offer the best MH and national policies,
  • And an independent/minor party candidate with the same criteria.

Once the nominees are known, we’ll make a final recommendation to our readers at that time.  Will it stay POTUS Trump?  Will it be a third party or Democrat this time around?  You’ll know shortly after we decide who looks best – and why – for policy, track record, and other reasons.

Among the issues that we think matter most to the industry? Or to manufactured home owners?  To investors?

  • Business friendly policies that will grow the economy. The rising tide should float the most boats, especially with the second bullet below taken into account.
  • Strong anti-trust policies, noting what the top candidates have or plan to do with respect to the FAANGs, Berkshire Hathaway, and Microsoft (#DeFaangBM, #OpenMarkets). For reasons MHProNews and MHLivingNews has outlined before, we believe that it is better for the economy and the industry if the FaangBM companies are broken up under antitrust laws.
  • Candidates who will enforce good existing laws. Much of what manufactured housing needs are already federal law.  Be it the Duty to Serve (DTS), Enhanced Preemption under the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000, antitrust, or RICO laws, etc. – they should be enforced.

We’ll track the more likely presidential candidates, and later to a lesser extent, some House and Senate races too.

That’s how we plan to help you protect your money and interests, as we provide “News through the lens of manufactured homes, and factory-built housing,” © where “We Provide, You Decide.” © ## (News, analysis, and commentary.)

 

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Game On: “Socialism is About Power, not Equality,” Space Force, and Battle for Manufactured Housing Independence

February 21st, 2019 Comments off

 

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The manufactured housing industry has to a significant degree been conquered. Who will be the leaders and the voices that liberate our industry, it’s millions of home owners, and the millions more who could benefit from manufactured home living?  

 

That’s a tough but pertinent question, as the battle for 2020 is well underway.

There are capital, communications, and legal battles ahead for the manufactured home industry.

And the industry’s professionals and home owners must realize that the potential voting block is one worth fighting for by political rivals. 

On the left, there are figures like House Financial Services Committed Chair Maxine Waters. She’s on record opposing several business practices of Clayton Homes and their affiliated lenders. There are reports in mainstream media about her call to both the Department of Justice and HUD to investigate Clayton and their lenders. 

Also on the left, is Senator Elizabeth Warren. She laid out a legal case for using existing laws to break up various monopolistic forces.  MHProNews and MHLivingNews has covered those events as hopeful opportunities, while critiquing other political positions held by those same Democratic lawmakers.

Then, there’s Democrat turned Republican, President Donald J. Trump. Some call him a populist. His policies are arguably a blend of positions held by leaders of both major parties. That’s why he was and is battled from within the ranks of the GOP, not just the Democratic political machine. 

Each side of the political aisle has points of attraction, and ideally affordable quality living is a non-partisan issue.

Several Democratic leaders, including 2020 presidential hopefuls, have publicly supported the Green New Deal.  It’s come under fire from with the ranks of Democrats, and from Republicans, but does have support too.

There are several Democratic leaders who routinely call on taxing the rich. Senator Warren is pushing for a wealth tax. We would question the constitutionality of some of those proposals. But is there a different path? Is there a lawful way to bring forces on the left and right together for the sake of the country, wealth-building affordable housing, and manufactured homes role in that emerging vision? 

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Socialism is about power, not equality

A crowd of Venezuelan Americans stood before President Donald J. Trump in Miami yesterday, cheering as he put America squarely on the side of those fighting for freedom. “We’re here to proclaim a new day is coming in Latin America,” he said. “In Venezuela and across the western hemisphere, socialism is dying and liberty, prosperity, and democracy are being reborn.”

His message to Nicolas Maduro: “Let your people go.”

American leadership is making the difference. The United States and more than 50 countries across the world have recognized the rightful government of Venezuela. “Within 30 minutes, the United States was proud to be the first nation in the world to recognize President [Juan] Guaido” as the country’s interim leader, President Trump said.

Venezuela, Cuba, and Nicaragua offer a lesson to the world: Socialism always promises unity but delivers division and hatred. It promises a better future—and inevitably returns to the darkest chapters of the past. Not long ago, Venezuela was the richest country in South America. Today, after its tyrannical government nationalized industries and took over private business, nearly 90 percent of Venezuelans live in poverty.

Americans know this history well, having witnessed socialism destroy countries throughout the 20th century. Nearly three-fifths of Americans have an unfavorable view of socialism; a majority have a favorable view of capitalism. Support for far-left schemes such as Medicare-for-All has plummeted as voters learn more about what’s in it. The extremist “Green New Deal” is beginning to suffer the same fate.

“We know that socialism is not about justice. It’s not about equality; it’s not about lifting up the poor,” President Trump said yesterday. “Socialism is about one thing only: power for the ruling class. And the more power they get, the more they crave . . . All of us here today know that there is nothing less democratic than socialism.”

Watch: “The United States of America is standing right by their side.” 

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The Space Force is here

President Trump signed Space Policy Directive-4 this afternoon, marking a bold step toward American space dominance by setting in motion the process of creating a U.S. Space Force as the sixth branch of our Armed Forces.

The Directive calls on the Secretary of Defense to develop a legislative proposal for the Space Force, embodying President Trump’s vision for keeping Americans safe:

•          Strengthen America’s ability to compete—and win—in an increasingly contested domain

•          Organize, train, and equip our space warfighters with next-generation capabilities

•          Maximize successful warfighting capability while minimizing bureaucracy

Peace through strength has been President Trump’s foreign policy since day one, and this newest frontier is no exception. The United States is the best in space, and our adversaries know it. They want to restrict our access there to undermine our strategic advantage. With the U.S. Space Force up and running, that won’t happen.

Get the facts: America’s destiny in space is secure.

Watch: President Trump signs the Space Force directive

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Democrats are laying out their vision for the nation in the run-up to 2020.  One of those popular visions is linked further below.

President Donald J. Trump is laying out his vision, via White House statements like the one above.

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The comment above was said with respect to another recent topic, but relates to this issue too.

Editorially, MHProNews has noted previously that there are some positions that Democrats hold – on issues like antitrust enforcement, or possible reforms of the GSEs – that could be useful for manufactured housing.

At the same time, President Trump’s Administration has rolled back more regulations than any other president’s administration in modern times.  Some of those rollbacks have proven useful for the manufactured housing industry.  The 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has generated numerous actual and potential boosts to manufactured housing and factory-builders.

So, there will be a tug-of-war, as in every election cycle, between the various claims and track records of the two major parties.  Plus, there will be possible independent runs for the White House, like the one postured by Starbucks founder, billionaire, and Democrat Howard Schultz.

Track records – actual results – plus the prudence of the platforms should guide the industry’s pros in their support and votes. That’s this morning’s “News through the lens of Manufactured Homes, and Factory-Built Housing” © where “We Provide, You Decide.” © ## (News, analysis, and commentary.)

 

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