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Sidney Powell, JD, Former Federal Prosecutor on “Licensed to Lie”

February 4th, 2019 No comments

 

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Stating the obvious can bring clarity to any subject. Objectivity is necessary in the affordable housing sector, as well as the manufactured home segment of housing. Businesses and investors act upon reality, or what they think is reality.

 

More broadly, objectivity – the search for truth vs. a convenient or comfortable story – is useful if not necessary in all things. For example, a person of sound mind doesn’t pay a physician to give a knowingly false diagnosis.

With that understanding, there are powerful currents at play in the U.S. in our era. Indeed, they are global currents, at work here and abroad. The Open Markets Institute (OMI) described it in these terms.

Big business and wealthy donors fund lobbyists and think tanks, corrupt academic science with “sponsored” research, and underwrite popular media publications and news networks. Through all these mechanisms, moneyed interests can control the flow of information in public debates and determine which issues become part of the nation’s political agenda, and which remain on the fringe,” said OMI.

That in a nutshell describes much of what MHProNews and our sister site, MHLivingNews, has been working to unmask via research, following the money, and documenting the evidence for years.

 

The Two Major Parties and Political Clout

One ought to mention in passing the “unholy alliance” that Senator Rand Paul (KY-R) has cited between Democrats and Republicans. That unholy alliance extends to ballot access at the state or local level. It’s a way of protecting the two major parties against potential alternatives. Libertarian, Green, Constitutional, and other parties are often kept off the ballot through standards that routinely are difficult for any but the two major parties to achieve.

Rephrased, it’s political collusion between Democrats and Republicans that results in a political monopoly.  More precisely, it’s a duopoly.

 

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That’s not news for some, but it would be for tens of millions of others. Nor does that does mean that the two parties are the same. They clearly are not. But they do at times work to preserve each other’s monopolies – duopoly – in the political sphere.

Once that “unholy alliance” is better understood, several items come into focus. These issues absolutely impact manufactured housing, and other professions as well.

But what makes HUD Code manufactured homes more vulnerable than other professions to political and regulatory winds is the relative weakness of the sector, due to its current size. In that limited sense, a point previously made by Nathan Smith of SSK Communities is correct, today, manufactured homes are a “boutique industry.”

That relatively small size of our industry today allows connected power players, including Smith and his “F” rated by the Better Business Bureau (BBB) SSK Communities, to influence the system more than others. Smith, a prominent Democrat, is the former chairman of the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) and their current MHI PAC chair. Quoting Smith should NOT be construed in any sense as an endorsement, we merely note that he is correct on the narrow point about the industry being “boutique” in size, more on Smith is found at the link here.

The industry’s small size clearly means that manufactured housing is more subject to other political or economic forces. When billionaires or wealthy firms want to buy influence, they can do so readily. If necessary, those with deep pockets can back candidates on both sides of the two-party political aisle, knowing they will then have an open door to whomever gets in office. Smith and others have made that same point.

Which goes back to the concept cited from Open Markets. Those who think that term limits or rolling back the Citizens United decision will change American politics may be sincere, but that vantagepoint is nevertheless mistaken.

Here’s how Open Markets explained it in an article entitled, Democracy and Monopoly.

More fundamentally, the focus on campaign finance reform fails to address the many other ways in which concentrated moneyed interests corrupt the political process.”

With that sobering yet arguably accurate backdrop consider this.

 

Each Major Party Has at Times Weaponized Federal Power 

What the former President Richard Nixon (R-GOP) era Watergate scandal brought to light was the high-level weaponization of the intelligence and federal law enforcement services. Before Democratic supporters gloat over that reality, it’s arguably happened as recently as the Obama Administration (D) era too. Some presidents – across the left-right divide – have done so with more or less vigor than others.

 

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For the next few minutes, this Daily Business News on MHProNews brief will underscore the following points.

The Trump Administration has purportedly been somewhat hobbled by forces launched within the federal government while President Barack Obama (D) was still in office.

 

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Former federal prosecutor Sidney Powell, JD, in the interview below explains some aspects of that problem.

 

 

Former CBS News investigative journalist and now independent “Full Measure” journalist Sharyl Attkisson has similarly documented how the Obama Administration targeted her work in journalism. Fox News’ reporter James Rosen was likewise targeted by members of the Obama Administration.

There are solutions to these and other vexing issues. It begins, as does all problem solving, with understanding. 

 

Its Elementary. Its About the Constitution

Once the issues are understood, the solutions can emerge.  Put simply, the road to solutions begins by enforcing the U.S. Constitution as written and following the original resolution.  Other solutions – however well intentioned – are arguably ineffective at best, or a smokescreen at worst. The false notion, for example, of an evolution of the meaning of a law or the constitution disrupts the stability of the law, which makes ownership or property, investing, and other peaceful pursuits possible.

 

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From a letter to the editor of MHProNews by Kurt Kelley about the importance of replacing the late Justice Antonin Scalia with a textual originalist, which President Donald J. Trump’s nomination of now Justice Neil Gorsuch was intended to accomplish.

 

After decades of national drift, intolerance for red herrings and more posturing without solutions should be stronger.

 

Where does the Final Word Rest? 

Many today feel frustrated by politics, but they may not be aware of the power they have.

The ultimate power of the legal system – the final word – lies in the hands of potential jurors. The power to enforce a law – whenever a defendant insists upon it – is decided by citizen-jurors.

 

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So never forget, you have more power over the law than you may realize. One juror can hold out, and effectively nullify a prosecution. It’s a principle long established in U.S. law. The juror can even ignore the judge’s instructions, and vote “not guilty,” as the legal citations below demonstrate.  That’s why the jury system was put in place in the constitution. Constitutional rights protect individual liberty, including against the power of rouges in runaway government, or the uber-rich who may misuse wealth to dominate the political system.

 

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You don’t have to be a fan of President Donald J. Trump to want equal justice under the law to be the the goal. Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe has arguably been illicit from the beginning. Democrat-backer Alan Dershowitz, Harvard Law professor emeritus, has argued against it. Mark Levin, JD, was anti-Trump before he became pro-Trump.  Levin has been shining a light on this topic for over a year. So too has MHProNews.

 

 

The president is a man, so by definition, he’s imperfect. That said, there is no known evidence of Russian collusion. Yet over 40 percent of the nation, according to public opinion polls, believe that to be the case. That’s possible because of the repeated reference to “allegations” of “Russian Collusion.” A lie, falsehood, spin or error repeated often enough becomes more widely believed.  Manufactured housing professionals – as part of a widely misunderstood industry – should be very sensitive to that sad reality.

As Attkisson suggests, question authority, follow the money, follow the evidence, and think objectively for yourself.

If POTUS Trump was a Russian pawn, as some oddly claim, then why is his foreign policy taking so many hard stands against Russian interests?

Russia has interfered in American and other elections for decades.  But so too as the U.S. interfered in the internal affairs of Russia and other nations. The claim of Russian collusions with the candidate Trump are absurd on its face. Whatever the political motivations of those who continue that false narrative, the reality is there is no evidence for it, after years and millions of dollars spent.

So the points – several – could be summed up like this. As the special counsel’s probe winds down, a report will be issued. As Mark Levin – himself a former Reagan era federal attorney – argues, this probe was tainted from the start. Mueller’s appointment was a political tool. It has had some success, as the 2018 midterms demonstrated.

As political independents, the publishers of MHProNews believe there are places that the two parties can and should work together in a bipartisan way. We’ve preached separating ‘wheat from chaff‘ for years.  A new example is the report linked here and below.

 

 

But it is important to recognize that the news can and is manipulated. The Open Markets Institute (OMI) is arguably correct about that claim. It’s a point that MHProNews – as the largest and most-read trade publisher in manufactured housing – has hammered on for years.

 

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

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

 

We source across the left-right divide, ever seeking truth over spin. Spin is what the powers that be in the Omaha-Knoxville-Arlington axis produce, via their echo-chamber house organs. But that’s a subset of a greater challenge.

 

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This Danny Glover quote is from the fascinating video documentary, Shadows of Liberty, posted on the linked page above.  It is similar to what the Open Market Institute (OMI) said, quoted further above. Note, as with any other quote, that doesn’t mean that we agree with other positions or claims made by the source of a given quote. 

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Dan Rather quote is also from the compelling video, Shadows of Liberty, posted on the linked page further below.

 

There are reasons that the axis and their surrogates fear MHProNews in industry trade publishing, because unmasking the truth is the start of becoming more free. Or as the Good Book says, “My People perish for a lack of knowledge,” (Hosea 4:6) and “…the truth will set you free.” (John 8:32b).

The rule of law is necessary and healthy for investment and the ownership of private property. So, violations or abuses of the rule of law will routinely harms numbers of individuals, investors, and businesses.

Understanding combined with correct action are the ways that manufactured housing will regain – and can surpass – its prior glory days.  The same is true for our American Republic.

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Midwest Manufactured Housing Federation Official Louisville Show Communique to MHProNews

January 25th, 2019 Comments off

 

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If you are catching flak, you are over the target.” – variation on an Air Force maxim.

 

A traditional role of news media is to challenge the powerful on behalf of the powerless or disadvantaged in search of truth and justice,’ paraphrase from various elements of the Society of Professional Journalist’s (SPJ) Code of Ethics Page.

 

 

The Midwest Manufactured Housing Federation (MMHF) are the ‘owners’ of the Louisville Manufactured Housing Show. They sent a letter to the managing member of MHProNews 10 days ago, or less than two weeks prior to the event.  That attorney’s letter said that show credentials for our parent company’s organizations – MHProNews, MHLivingNews and all others, or anyone associated with our team – were being denied.

No reason for the MMHF denial was stated in the attorney’s letter.

MHProNews’ publisher L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach protested, as well as asked for reasons for the denial. No reason has yet been provided for the denial of show badges and entry passes.

Here below is the text of the most recent message from their attorney regarding this matter.

 

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“Mr. Kovach,

I am in receipt of your email and the attached letter.  As stated in my previous correspondence, you will not be granted access to the 2019 Louisville Manufactured Housing Show.  MMHF contacted you well in advance of the show to save you the trouble and expense of traveling to Louisville.    If you attempt to gain unpermitted access to the show, you will be removed.

Gregory T. Dutton
Attorney at Law | Frost Brown Todd LLC
502.779.8557  Direct.
..”

Note that the screen capture above reflects that each of the state association executives who make up the MMHF were in the CC line.

In fact, MHProNews had already booked accommodations and made other travel arrangements. Arguably, the MMHF and their attorney could surmise that to be the case. They might also know that lining up local legal representation on short notice would be dicey at best, as this sort of legal issue is likely to drag on for months, perhaps years.

In short, for the first time since there was no Louisville Manufactured Housing Show in 2010, the MHProNews team will regrettably not be in attendance at the annual event held at the Kentucky Exhibition Center (KEC).

 

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Tim Williams, and other MMHF executives, Dennis Hill from Show Ways Unlimited, in writing and/or on video, have all praised the work MHProNews did to jump start the come back of the Louisville Manufactured Housing Show. Facts are facts, and history is what is.

But that doesn’t mean that this matter is over. More on that another time.  The above or what follows should not be misconstrued.

 

 

News Media, Interviews, and You

Behind every dark cloud, there may be a silver lining if it is diligently sought. MHProNews’ protest over this matter isn’t over.  Nor will it likely be over even after the event is completed.

That said, there were several interviews and other professional engagements that would have taken place. MHProNews planned to have a video crew at the show, which may be part of the unstated reason that show credentials were denied. It is manifestly unjust. But reality is what is.  Given that our now 12 year old son Tamas Kovach comes with us to such trade shows, we did not want there to be in an incident that might adversely involve him.

So, a plan B is necessary. The first element of Plan B will be explained further below.

Let’s step back and ask the obvious questions.

Why would the organization credited in writing by the MMHF leadership and Show Ways Unlimited for the recovery of the Louisville Manufactured Housing Show after it was cancelled – MHProNews – now be blocked from attending the event, that in conjunction with others, we helped save?

The obvious and thus most likely answer is the news, fact checks, and analysis that uniquely takes place here on MHProNews.

Is it a stretch to think that the Omaha-Knoxville-Arlington axis, allies, and their surrogates were at work in this matter?

‘Hardly’ comes to mind. The details of that can be discovered over time.  But note for now that George F. (F?) Allen, who was the surrogate called upon to ask for a “boycott” of this publication, is now being promoted on the MMHF’s Louisville Show home page.  See the collage below.

 

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The first takeaway is that the axis, surrogates/stooges and their allies apparently feared direct questions from MHProNews. They apparently feared that occurring on video.

Here is the text of the email from our publisher sent to show management, which was followed by the MMHF’s attorney’s first letter.

 

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Subject Line: Dennis and Michele, registration and related for Louisville and Tunica

Dennis,

At this time, we would need the MHProNews.com badges for Louisville and Tunica, for the following:

L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach

Soheyla Kovach

Tamas Kovach

 

Also

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Donald Tye, Jr.

 

Might be others, and will let you know.

Next, regarding the use of video and photos at the events.  Please see the below.

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Jul 30, 2015 – It is well-settled precedent that a person has no reasonable expectation of privacy in a public place. … There is no right to privacy in public, because a reasonable person would not expect to remain private in a public setting. Anyone with a camera who wants to take your picture can do so.

We want you to clearly state in writing that you will not prevent us from using video at these events. As you know, others are shooting video, and for you to keep us from doing so is a clear violation of our rights.  Kindly confirm you have this, and will honor our rights.

Thank you.

Tony

 

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As the email to Dennis Hill/Show Ways Unlimited above noted, the law provides for privacy in many circumstances.  But in a public place, the law and the courts have widely held that the right to privacy is implicitly waved.  There is ‘no expectation of privacy’ in a public place.  More on that at a later time.

 

 

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The manufactured housing industry is arguably being artificially throttled from growth. See the article linked here for more details.  MHI President Richard ‘Dick’ Jennison has stated publicly that the industry could be doing 500,000 new HUD Code manufactured home shipments. Okay, then why are we only at roughly 100,000 (+/-) shipments instead?

That’s a multiple-billion dollar a year question, with evidence based answers.  At the heart of what MHProNews has been about since we launched in mid-October, 2009 is to be a voice and platform that could spark new, ethical, sustainable growth for the manufactured home industry, which means operations like yours.  Regrettably, what has been learned is what MHI members Frank Rolfe, the founders of NAMHCO and others have said, that there are forces within in the industry that have failed for years.

Exposing that is a necessary, but not the only, part of the solution to what the evidence and money trail suggest artificially limits manufactured housing operations of all sizes.

MHProNews is hereby asking for 50 people who plan to attend the event to respond to the invitation below.  It can be interesting, rewarding, and useful for the growth of the manufactured housing industry.

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We need individuals inside the companies and organizations that are exhibiting – and/or show attendees – to step up to the plate. 

There are several possible rewards for this.  For example, there are laws that provide for whistleblower awards for up to 30 percent of recovery.

You ask the questions, and/or lawfully record with your smart phones with video or audio the public statements that are useful for exposing corruption and collusion inside manufactured housing. Contact us pre-show, at-show, or post-show, but we can explain how this is done.

 

 

Catching Flak

If you’re not catching flak, you’re not over the target,” is the actual, common way the U.S. Air Force maxim is expressed.  When one considers the others that publish in manufactured housing trade media, are they catching flak from the powers that be?  No.  Why?  Logically, because they are not over the target.  They are part of the echo chamber forged by the Omaha-Knoxville-Arlington axis, what MHARR President and CEO Mark Weiss called earlier this week, “the Illusion of Motion.”

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Liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among the people” – John Adams – Second President – 1797 – 1801.

There is no Left or Right — there is only freedom or tyranny.  Everything else is an illusion, an obfuscation to keep you confused and silent as the world burns around you.” – Philip Brennan.

One may well ask: How can you advocate breaking some laws and obeying others? The answer lies in the fact that there are two types of laws: just and unjust. I would be the first to advocate obeying just laws. One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

We are fast approaching the stage of ultimate inversion: the stage where government is free to do as it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission.” – Ayn Rand.

Note that the intersection of government power and private power over the government has been rising for some time and is exemplified in the photos shown below.  Warren Buffett’s grandson served in the Obama White House.

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It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people’s minds.” – Samuel Adams.

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They have money, and clear connections to political power. It is absurd on its face to believe what the Manipulative Housing Institute, err, Monopolistic Housing Institute, sorry, the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) claims is their clout. Where is the growth?  The photo ops between MHI, key members and others with federal officials mean nothing if there is a lack of robust growth.

Warren Buffett helped elect and then sat with then President Barack Obama.  Obama publicly awarded Buffett for his efforts. Buffett’s grand son was in the White House, as the Wikipedia citation above reflects.

Buffett is the chairman of Berkshire Hathaway.  Berkshire Hathaway member companies like Clayton Homes and 21st Mortgage have dominated MHI’s executive committee, dues structures, and in other ways the Arlington, VA based trade group.  Why was that clout used against manufactured housing?  Why wasn’t that clout used for implementing the policies that could have taken us to what the Dick Jennison – MHI’s puppet president – pledged, namely, 500,000 new HUD Code manufactured home shipments?

These can be called allegations, or they can be called logic.  It is increasingly self-evident that the normal resources used to protect or grow an industry, trade associations like MHI and several state affiliates of theirs – have been weaponized to work against the manufactured home industry’s independents interests.

This episode at Louisville is just the latest example of a larger struggle for the freedom from the tyranny of corporate giants and their politically connected masters. More on Louisville related as time marches on.  Sign up for our industry-leading emails at the link to the bottom right, below.

Do the math. Even using Dick Jennison’s 500,000 shipment figure means that the industry should be about 5 times larger than it is today. Consider what 5 times more business would mean to your bottom line. This is about you, and others like you against the giants who have purportedly manipulated and colluded to throttle the industry, so they could consolidate it on the cheap.

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MHI CEO Dick Jennison’s Pledge – 500,000 New Manufactured Home Shipments

January 24th, 2019 Comments off

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Why not half-a-million [new manufactured home shipments]?
We can get there.” –

     Richard ‘Dick’ Jennison, President and CEO of the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI),
Assurance made while addressing attendees of prior Louisville Manufactured Housing Show. Recorded on video by MHProNews.

 

The key question, then, for the industry, its representatives and its consumers, is why is the HUD Code industry — both over the longer-term and currently – not doing better?  In a climate of significant economic growth, job creation (with unemployment at an 18-year low) and wage growth (with an average hourly wage of $22.95 per hour, an all-time high) on the one hand, and increasingly unaffordable prices and interest rates for other types of homes and other types of consumer home loans on the other – and with HUD Code manufacturers today producing their best homes ever at the most affordable prices ever (both inherently and relative to other types of housing) – why is the industry not producing and selling hundreds-of-thousands of homes each and every year?

 – Mark Weiss, JD, President and CEO of the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR),
in his latest MHARR Issues and Perspectives, entitled “The Illusion of Motion Versus Real-World Challenges.”

 

 

Imagine for a few moments a casual outside observer who is mildly aware of the U.S. affordable housing crisis. Picture that observer reading those two quoted comments. They might believe that the presidents of each national manufactured housing trade association both believe that half a million – or perhaps more – new HUD Code manufactured home shipments is achievable.

Indeed Jennison and Weiss both have said so publicly.

The question should then logically turn to the last phrase uttered by Weiss. Given a robust economy, and several other cited factors, why isn’t manufactured housing already doing 500,000 or more new home shipments annually? Why is the industry only hoping to hit a mere 100,000 in 2018’s final tally?

Weiss’ query is a variation of the valid question that the Urban Institute posed as their headline last year.

Here’s how the Urban Institute’s four experienced researchers phrased it, “Manufactured homes could ease the affordable housing crisis. So why are so few being made?”

Three different nonprofit organizations. ‘Leaders’ from all three have publicly said, there should be more sales.

So what’s going wrong?

Weiss seeks to answer that question in his thesis behind the “illusion of motion” theme.

Motion – or, more accurately, activity – in and of itself, is not necessarily synonymous with, or equivalent to, real progress, or, in fact, any progress at all,” stated Weiss.

Recent reports emerging from elsewhere within the universe of organizations representing the manufactured housing industry paint a uniformly rosy picture of almost non-stop engagement, dialogue, meetings, conferences, photo-opportunities (presumably to prove the reality of the supposed engagement, dialogue, meetings and conferences) and other related confabs, particularly at the national level,” wrote Weiss.

 

At almost the same time as Weiss’ analysis and commentary were being published by MHARR at this link here, the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) was sending out their latest emailed ‘news and updates.’ The MHI item opened with a photo of MHI Executive Vice President (EVP), Lesli Gooch, another MHI Member, and the newly appointed head of the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection. It featured this picture, shown below.

 

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Are years of these head and shoulder photos with some public official literal head fakes? As the old Wendy’s commercial asked, “where is the beefWhere are the measurable results? 

 

MHARR also sent out a email yesterday with their comments, which appeared on MHProNews, at this link here.

Meanwhile, where on the MHI website does MHI’s photo opportunity and latest missive from 1.23.2019 appear?

At least according to a search of the MHI website, using the MHI search tool, nowhere. See the screen capture a day after their email was sent, shown below.

 

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“Feel Good,” and the “Illusion of Motion”

Why doesn’t MHI’s own ‘feel good,’ ‘all is progressing well’ mantra appear on MHI’s own website? Given that MHARR wants their thoughts to appear as widely as possible, and gives the rights to reproduce it with their emails, why by contrast does MHI restrict that right to reproduce their messages to only those who parrot their Arlington, VA based trade group’s party line?

 

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Why does MHI themselves fail to show their own narrative publicly on their own website? Do they not want their words to be later referenced, and thus create a measure of accountability for having said them?

These are the types of reasonable questions that award-winning investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson style suggests should be asked, as one debunks ‘real news’ from ‘fake news.’

Attkisson says, follow the evidence, and follow the money. That’s reminiscent of what MHI award-winner Marty Lavin, JD said, who has added, ‘pay more attention to what people do that what they say.’ Meaning, do the words spoken later line up with the deeds of those who said them?

Four years have elapsed since Richard the ‘Dick’ Jennison said 500,000 new home shipments could be achieved. Why then is the manufactured housing industry still mired at roughly 100,000 new HUD Code manufactured home (MH) shipments? Who is accountable for that self-evident post-production failure?

Which firms – does low new factory-built home production help? Who does low new MH production harm?

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Thayer Long, former MHI President.

It should be noted that about 4 years have gone by since MHI mysteriously removed their previous blanket permission to MHProNews to republish anything MHI emailed or otherwise produced. That practice of MHProNews republishing MHI content was initiated by former MHI President, Thayer Long.

For a time, during both Long’s and Jennison’s tenures, MHI paid MHProNews to promote their events, and share their information.

What happened since then? Where is the logic of hiding or restricting MHI content? What is there to hide in MHI ‘news and updates’ or ‘housing alerts’ when they are emailed out, given that others can forward the content anyway?

Perhaps related is this. Why does MHI hire an outside law firm – the same law firm with an office in former MHI Chairman Nathan Smith’s hometown that their general counsel Rick Robinson comes from before joining MHI – to threaten in writing MHProNews for reproducing for fact-checking purposes MHI’s logo and other materials? Doesn’t that outside attorney know about the broad right of news media to reproduce for fact-checks and analysis granted by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the courts? Don’t Graydon attorneys watch CNN, MSNBC, or Fox News all showing each other’s news clips and logos?

 

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Which begs this question. Why did MHI even bother with their arguably faux threat from lawyers? Which, by the way, is only one in a series of such threats over the course of several years from attorneys acting purportedly on behalf of MHI. Note that those threats from attorneys aimed at this trade media began while MHProNews’ parent company was still a member of that Arlington, VA based trade group.

While MHProNews was still a member of MHI, during an analysis of MHI claims, this publication juxtaposed MHI’s former VP Jason Boehlert’s own words, with that of the promises being made by Jennison. Or contrasted Boehlert’s written quote with then MHI Chairman Tim Williams, President and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway (Omaha, NE) owned 21st Mortgage Corp (Knoxville, TN metro, near Berkshire owned Clayton Homes).

Isn’t it reasonable to see if MHI’s VP and chairman are being consistent?

Isn’t it equally reasonable to see if Berkshire Chairman Warren Buffett and Tim Williams are consistent?

In fact, they were inconsistent on Preserving Access. But perhaps the most famous inconsistency – at least to this sustainable pro-growth publication’s better informed readers – is documented at this link here.

 

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Warren Buffett publicly supported the opposite of what Tim Williams did in this slide. Notice. One may or may not agree with 21st Mortgage CEO and prior MHI Chairman Tim Williams’ presentation, from which the slide above was taken with permission, while still questioning how it came to be that Williams was being intellectually at odds with Berkshire Hathaway Chairman, Warren Buffett. To see all of William’s informative slides, click the graphic above. http://www.MHProNews.com/industry-news/industry-in-focus/is-tim-williams-21st-mortgage-ceo-mhi-chair-at-odds-with-berkshire-hathaway-chairman-warren-buffett

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MHI’s president Jennison – during the same talk spotlighted in the opening quotation above promised the industry the passage of the Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act. Jennison promised that passage, while he knew he was being video taped by MHProNews.

Oddly, Jason Boehlert said differently. To be polite for the moment, they were inconsistent.

 

 

The Daily Business News on MHProNews later publicized those inconsistencies.

2015 was the last year that MHProNews was ‘allowed’ to host the educational events at Louisville. Praised for years by Midwest Manufactured Housing Federation (MMHF) leaders, why was MHProNews suddenly cut off?

Is MHARR’s Mark Weiss thesis correct? Is there an illusion of motion being created by MHI and flatterers of theirs in an echo chamber of ‘feel good’ – but nevertheless fake – MHI news?

MarkWeissJDPresidentCEOManufacturedHousingAssocRegulatoryReformDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsWeiss said, “As President Ronald Reagan famously said, though, “facts are stubborn things.”  And the irrefutable facts that are emerging from behind the veil of “group-think” (defined as “a psychological phenomenon that occurs within a group of people in which the desire for harmony or conformity in the group results in an irrational or dysfunctional decision-making outcome”), unfortunately, show that the happy-talk is just that – talk — a veneer designed to create an “illusion of motion” regarding the critical issues that helped tank industry progress and prosperity a decade ago and continue to needlessly restrain and undermine its recovery, growth and development years later, even as the need for affordable, non-subsidized homeownership reaches new heights every day.”

MHI sent out an email at almost the same time that confirmed the pattern that rival MHARR’s president had just published. How could Weiss have known that? Or is it rather because of years observing a pattern of that same “illusion of motion” activity?

Weiss cites the late President Reagan saying, “facts are stubborn things.”

MHProNews has for some time similarly said, “Facts are nettlesome things.”

 

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Each point to a parallel reality that MHI award-winner Marty Lavin’s or Sharyl Attkisson’s reasoning point toward. Pay more attention to what people do than to what they say, plus ‘follow the evidence,’ ‘follow the facts,’ and ‘follow the money.’

Why are there other MH industry trade media – that metaphorically kisses MHI and the Berkshire Hathaway – Clayton Homes – 21st Mortgage asses – while only MHARR or MHProNews consistently follow facts, evidence, and money?

It was an MHI-only member producer last fall that tipped MHProNews about the coming drop-off in new home shipments. Other sources within MHI confirmed it for the Daily Business News on MHProNews. Then, the new manufactured home shipment data – collected by IBTS on behalf of HUD – weeks later confirmed it.

Why didn’t MHI signal what they surely must have known was coming? Instead, the produced more feel good, cheerleading ‘news and updates,’ a pricey video that touted how great they are, and apparently promoted similarly weaponized MHI ‘educational events.’

Meanwhile, part-time MHI apologist and sycophant George F. (F?) Allen gives MHI cover by calling for a “boycott” of MHProNews? Did Allen – and the state association executive he claimed concurred with this call for a boycott – realize that such collusion to rig a market is an element of antitrust law?

 

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Did the apparently pro-MHI senders of thinly-veiled threats sent by U.S. Mail to MHProNews which used the hashtag #NettlesomeThings realize that such a misuse of the U.S. Mail can be a predicate crime in a federal RICO case?

 

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Follow the Facts, Money, Evidence, and Reason

There are only a few logical possibilities. Let’s examine them, starting in the light of new home production data, that both MHI’s president and MHARR’s president have publicly suggested could be 500,000 shipments – or more.

First, recall that in the early 1990s, HUD Code manufactured home shipments were rapidly able to ramp up. They doubled in a roughly 3 year period. So there is no technical reason why that it can’t be done again.

 

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The story of Rollohome likewise reflects an ability to go from zero to 60,000 new homes shipped by a single production center in only a 2-year period, from startup.

In fact, given the hundreds of billions of dollars flowing into the U.S. from the repatriation provisions of the 2017 tax cuts, there is ample sources of capital to expand.

 

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Legacy Housing’s recent successful IPO likewise reflects the reality that capital can be attracted into the manufactured housing production and retail sectors.

So there is capital available.

There is also strong demand for affordable housing. As MHProNews has often since referenced, but is oddly missing from the MHI website, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) – among numerous third party organizations in 2018 – said that manufactured housing quality is high, as MHARR’s Weiss has said. NAR also noted the need and logical “case” for using more manufactured homes.

Why are such details missing from MHI’s website? Why do they posture activities – the “illusion of motion” – which year-after-year yields little-to-no discernible improvement?

This “good news” [from MHI and their toadies] all the time meme, in turn, is replicated, repeated and touted by those who, for whatever reason, have determined that it is to their advantage to do so. Indeed, an entire new publication has appeared with the apparent mission of wet-nursing this meme. Meanwhile, others touting and promoting the new meme, urge industry-wide “boycotts” – the intellectual equivalent of book-burning — of anyone who dares question the legitimacy of the meme, or the possible motives of some of its proponents,” said Weiss on 1.23.2019.

As MHI/NCC member Frank Rolfe observed – before he was apparently pressured or politely nudged into silence – if it is good news, MHI won’t react to. If it is bad news, MHI won’t react to that either. Here’s how Rolfe says it, misusing the lingo, but is nevertheless arguably correct.

 

 

Since then, MHVillage’s co-President Darren Krolewski, launched the publication that Weiss is apparently referencing. That publication features George F (F?) Allen, among other MHI cheerleaders. The ‘big boy’ and “MH Insider” companies – or perhaps those caught up in the “illusion of motion” – have their ads in it.

But what’s missing are readers in anything like the numbers found here on MHProNews. The proof was suggested at Louisville or Tunica last year, as the photo below attests.

 

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George F (F?) Allen is one of the contributors to the MHInsider. Really? The photo above is from the last day of the Tunica Show, and the other racks looked the same.

 

There are independents who no doubt buy into the MHIillusion of motionBS.

But there are also those who know stink when they smell it.  That’s why some MHI insiders are sources for MHProNews. It must be noted that several state associations are weaponized, but 2 others broke away rejecting MHI’s failed leadership. Other state executives are among our quiet sources, while others as Allen made clear, are all-in on the Omaha-Knoxville-Arlington axis, for whatever reasons.

What is MHI’s response to such claims? Silence, or rather, a call for a boycott by their stooge F (F?) Allen. A boycott of whom and why? Obviously of those who like MHARR or this trade media dare state what years of evidence has made obvious to those who have the courage to speak truth to the powers that be.

 

There are only a few logical possibilities.

The new HUD Code manufactured home shipment numbers are what they are. The ‘Dick’ Jennison, who is paid bonuses per MHI’s form 990 (bonuses for achieving what?) can’t walk back what he said on stage 4 years ago in a video recorded statement made in front of dozens of industry professionals.

We are publicly holding the powers that be and their puppets accountable.

So, here’s what common sense should tell an objective thinker.

 

  • What we at MHProNews have come to call the Omaha-Knoxville-Arlington axis and their allies either — a) know how to grow the industry’s new home shipment levels, b) or they don’t know, or c) something in between a) and b).
  • If that axis knows how to grow results, why are the results demonstrably lacking? Isn’t the ultimate measurement found in new HUD Code manufactured home shipment and production reports?
  • If that Omaha-Knoxville-Arlington axis and their allies don’t know how to grow results, why do they keep posturing their expertise?
  • Or are Clayton and the Berkshire brands in MHVille with select allies waiting to unveil and consistently proclaim and defend the truth of modern manufactured homes, at a point in time of their own choosing? Perhaps when the axis doesn’t think they can’t consolidate more of the industry into their strategic/economic Moat?

 

As the years tick by, the “illusion of motion” when compared to the data reflects the concerns MHARR and MHProNews have uniquely spotlighted. All others are logically duped by the deception, or are perhaps afraid to challenge the deceivers, or have not yet awakened to the reality.

What we know with certainty is this. From organizations large to small, friends and foes of the axis, plus those in the middle, are all readers here on MHProNews.

The most common words shared are what MHI/NCC member Bryan Gallagher said in an on-the-record recent statement, linked here, “Thanks for your [MHProNews] efforts on behalf of the [manufactured home] industry.”

 

 

A Man Has to Know

Clint Eastwood’s character Dirty Harry famously said in a movie, “A man has to know his own limitations.” So true.

This writer acknowledged on several occasions having been partially oblivious to what Weiss aptly calls, “the Illusion of Motion.” Magic tricks seem to work, but only until the trick – the method behind the illusion – is revealed. The same is true for confidence or “con man” schemes, which if they seek to defraud another, are a possible crime.

Paraphrasing the brilliant author, G.K. Chesterton, what’s worth doing, is worth doing badly, until it is done well. Gilbert Keith (G.K. Chesterton) also said that the perfect is sometimes the enemy of the good.

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Many of these quotes are from MHI insiders.

We frankly acknowledge that we are far from perfect in our editing here, but are grateful for the MHI only members’ observation in the quote at the left. Especially so in the light of Chesterton’s points. FMHA’s Jim Ayotte observed that one can only act based upon information that is known at the time.

We juggle many balls for ethical, sustainable growth-focused clients, plus publish more daily news than anyone in our industry’s history. We strive to accurately convey reality. In response to that, MHI removed this publication’s parent operation from their membership. More recently, MHI allied MHVillage launched MHInsider. Interesting?

MHI and the Omaha-Knoxville-Arlington axis and their allies have built an echo chamber that parrot their latest talking points. It apparently doesn’t matter if it is consistent, contradictory or not. Which explains why MHI hides the own records of their own emailed statements. Otherwise some motivated truth seeker could do more easily what has been done herein by saving and researching their actions, inactions, and patterns of behavior. Where did their leadership take MHVille? M

To 100,000 (+/-) new home shipments vs. the 500,000 that the Dick Jennison pledged on stage at Louisville 4 years ago.

From a lay person’s view of the law, one might think that MHI is potentially guilty of a ‘deceptive trade practices.’ MHI promoted and promised one thing, while apparently either failing or actively doing another.

Low levels of production debatably foster the consolidation of the industry’s independents into ever fewer hands, and at discounted prices. Because if sales levels were higher, business values would be worth more.

Keep in mind, there are several federal investigators on various aspects of these matters. MHProNews knows this independent of the Seattle Times, or the local Knoxville news video posted below.

 

 

 

Metaphorically Taking the 5th

There are reasons why the Omaha-Knoxville-Arlington axis and their allies won’t directly explain or publicly debate these concerns raised by MHARR or MHProNews. Instead, their surrogates try to kill or silence the messengers, as the call for a boycott and related market rigging reflects.

Clayton et al have been slowly consolidating the industry into their own hands and into those of allied companies. That includes buying out MHARR members, and also apparently pressuring MHProNews advertisers into no longer advertising, though our sponsors routinely said they were happy with the results.

But Legacy Housing demonstrated that it’s safe and pays to support this pro-growth trade media.

 

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The truth becomes evident, once the patterns of action and the evidence is carefully examined. The need for a new post-production association is but one step in the path towards resolving the arguably artificial causes of our industry’s malaise.

At Louisville, get ready to be an industry citizen journalist. More on that just before the Louisville Show opens.

 

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“THE ILLUSION OF MOTION VERSUS REAL-WORLD CHALLENGES” – Spotlighted by Manufactured Home Industry Leader

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Motion – or, more accurately, activity – in and of itself, is not necessarily synonymous with, or equivalent to, real progress, or, in fact, any progress at all…”

 

“…Recent reports emerging from elsewhere within the universe of organizations representing the manufactured housing industry paint a uniformly rosy picture of almost non-stop engagement, dialogue, meetings, conferences, photo-opportunities (presumably to prove the reality of the supposed engagement, dialogue, meetings and conferences) and other related confabs, particularly at the national level.

This “good news” all the time meme, in turn, is replicated, repeated and touted by those who, for whatever reason, have determined that it is to their advantage to do so. Indeed, an entire new publication has appeared with the apparent mission of wet-nursing this meme.

Meanwhile, others touting and promoting the new meme, urge industry-wide “boycotts” – the intellectual equivalent of book-burning — of anyone who dares question the legitimacy of the meme, or the possible motives of some of its proponents...”

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Mayor Sounds Off on UMH Properties – Data, Documents, & More

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Mayor Dean Dickey of Columbia, Tennessee was asked to comment via video about Countryside Village location of UMH Properties.

 

As a housekeeping note for this report, recent data and information from UMH Properties (UMH) will be laced between some other commentary which may not be directly related to the slide/illustration shown.

 

 

The video comment by Mayor Dickery are pleasant, but frankly it isn’t compelling dialogue.  The video is grainy, so the Daily Business News on MHProNews shrank the image to make it appear better. Full size, it is not very clear, which may reduce its impact for possible viewers.

 

 

That said, the idea to ask a mayor for comments can be prudent. Done professionally, it can be powerful.  This UMH video thus provided a ‘compare and contrast’ ‘teachable moment’ opportunity that public officials can be asked for statements, but also reveals how that can best be done. An example of how that is accomplished is found on MHLivingNews, and is also shown in the video below. Compare the two videos, and then push onto the latest UMH data.

 

 

These videos provide a backdrop to new data, documents, and images from UMH Properties, one of the largest manufactured home community operators in the U.S.  The video below is from their 50th anniversary annual meeting last year.

 

 

UMH is headquartered in a state that is not currently too manufactured housing friendly. Most of UMH’s locations are in other states. With a GOP contender Bob Hugin in surprisingly in striking distance in the deep blue “Garden State” of a scandal-ridden Senator Bob Menendez (NJ-D), this is also a reminder that the midterms are the time to vote for pro-business, pro-growth politicos.

 

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The right zoning, finance, and other placement policies in New Jersey – and the other 49 states – could open up a number of new home sales options in a state that has outrageously high housing costs.

 

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Sam Landy, JD, president and CEO of UMH Properties (UMH) has taken an interesting view when local media has come after his company for this or that reason.

 

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Landy has said they welcome the media oversight.

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That’s an arguably refreshing view, compared to the silence that often comes from the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) when a post-production issue is called into question.

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Landy has also stood up against rent control, see that, linked here.

 

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Speaking of post-production, a call from a legal operation today that came to MHProNews may signal a new legal issue over the horizon.  MHI was mentioned as part of that inbound phone conversation.  As information develops, and that may take time, the industry’s pros will want to know.  If you aren’t already on our industry-leading emailed news list, click here to sign up free in seconds.

 

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The UMH data is useful not only to investors, but to other industry professionals for a variety of reasons.

 

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It is also a reminder that while occupancy for manufactured home communities is rising – not only at UMH, but nationally too – it foreshadows a coming ‘wall’ for producers, if the industry’s leaders fail to address the numerous SWOT issues that MHProNews and/or the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) have raised for years.

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Some of these topics are not raised by other in industry trade media. Why not?  Is it because it would prove embarrassing for the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI), which other publishers are often paid mouth-pieces for – via ads or other gimmies?

 

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Speaking of MHI, almost a week has gone by since MHARR published an update from HUD about an issue that MHI was also advised of by HUD.  Why didn’t MHI email their own members?  They’ve sent out other messages, why not on this topic of interest to retailers and communities?  ICYMI, or need a refresher, see the linked report, below.

 

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The potential for growth in manufactured housing is nothing short of astonishing.  But so long as short sighted, gutless, red-herring, fig-leaf, and/or manipulative strategies are in place that harm smaller firms to the long-term gain of ‘big boy’ producers, the industry will remain limited.

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That’s avoidable for individual firms. As UMH President Landy has said to MHProNews, it is up to individual companies to do their own marketing and sales.

 

 

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Hang onto your wallets. Industry professional and investors need to ask themselves, do they want a return to heavier regulations by HUD, or elsewhere?  There are serious issues on the line.  Spin, disinformation, conveniently overlooked history, and blatant lies are among the tools that could help-or-harm manufactured housing, workers, and professionals involved in business and investing.

 

Billionaire donors George Soros and Tom Steyer are directing $650,000 to [Andrew] Gillum’s political committee, Forward Florida,” reported Tampa Bay, just days before the election which resulted in an upset win in the Democratic side of the primary.

Hedge fund billionaire Tom Steyer,” said left-of-center Politico, put millions into the 2016 campaign, usually in favor of Democratic candidates. Steyer and Soros hold similar positions, as their support for “Democratic Socialist” Gillum underscores.  Steyer and Soros made their money as capitalists, so why are they keeping their wealth, and only using part of it to back socialists?  Isn’t that an arguably hypocritical disconnect?  Or does their politics point to something else?

Gillum, as the Daily Business News on MHProNews reported, won an upset victory in the Democratic primary, and will be facing off in Florida – the #3 manufactured housing state in recent years – for governor of the Sunshine State.  In the linked report with photo below, Congressman Ron DeSantis is on the left, and Mayor Andrew Gillum is on the right.

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Soros is pro-open borders.  He’s long been a strong supporter of leftist causes and politicians, as a prior Daily Business News report reflected.

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Within hours of their victories, Gillum went to the ‘race card’ accusing Congressman Ron DeSantis of using the term “monkey this up” as more of a “bull horn,” more than the “dog whistle” accusation made for alleged racism.

Really?  Was it racist when Barack Obama used the phrase?

Democrats have been known to MONKEY around with elections,” said Barack Obama Sep 4, 2008, per Me. C-SPAN quoted the former President Obama on Oct 21, 2016 saying, “so, I want to be honest, its not as if its just Republicans who monkey around with elections…”  The term “monkey around” is a neutral expression, which blacks – including the former POTUS Obama, and all other racial groups have used in the U.S. for decades.

But this faux issue is a reminder of what happens during campaign season. It’s common for many, not all, Democratic candidates to ‘play the race card.’ That’s not to excuse GOP canards, such as their traditional view on trade. But this latest Democratic allegation begs a look at some background, that sets the question of Democrats vs. the GOP and related racial issues into an accurate, historic context.

This video by professor Carol Swain at Vanderbilt University will be stunning to many, and will be unsurprising but useful to others. It’s already been viewed some 4.6 million times. Viewer ‘thumbs up’ on this date outscored thumbs down by about 10 to 1. That suggests it’s worth viewing.

 

For those who aren’t familiar with PragerU, conservative Jewish businessman Dennis Prager helped establish that wildly popular platform. PragerU has had a broader range of informed presenters like Steve Forbes, Sharyl Attkisson, Alan Dershowitz, Guy Benson, Ben Shapiro, David Clarke, Tammy Bruce, Dinesh D’Souza, Walter Williams, and Candace Owens among others.  Prager works with good presenters with often impressive credentials, as the screen capture from the PragerU presenter’s page reflects.

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The historical facts presented by Professor Swain are accurate. They are also politically inconvenient.

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As a disclaimer, keep in mind, MHProNews’ principals are not members of either major party. We are true political independents. Our friends and supporters include people of all political, ethnic, religious, and other groups. That said, we are editorially strong believers that the truth well told sets people free.

The nation watches the continued drift towards socialism among Democrats.  It’s exhibited by primary victories like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in New York, and Mayor Andrew Gilliam in FL. These are topics that have and will impact businesses. Moderate Democrats, like former Clinton advisor Doug Schoen, are begging their fellow party loyalists to reject that push to the socialist left.

Facts are facts. Facts and the truth may be inconvenient. But with an economy rapidly rising under the leadership of a former Democrat turned Republican – President Donald J. Trump – this is a good time to grasp what’s gone wrong in the past.  This is the time to make adjustments, and turn towards a brigher future founded on free enterprise. There is progress being made to an economy that increasingly works for all Americans.

Doug Schoen, Clinton Adviser, warns – “Democrats must advance an agenda…to create a society of opportunity for all – not guaranteed outcomes achieved through wealth redistribution.”

The Daily Business News and other features here on MHProNews has reported on related topics previously. Some examples are linked herein, or in the related reports, further below.

If you or a friend are members of either of the two political parties discussed in this video, the questions should be simple. Is the information accurate? What relevance does it have to the upcoming voting in November?  Do we want to let America buy into the lies that promoted the crisis in Venezuela?  Start sharing these ideas now.

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Court Hands DOE Procedural Victory in Potentially Costly Manufactured Housing Energy Standards Case

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The court in the Sierra Club V. Perry case has handed DOE [Department of Energy] a procedural victory, for the moment, in the case brought by the Sierra Club, trying to force the Department to act on the MH energy rule,” said Mark Weiss, JD, President and CEO of the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform.

 

After the Sierra Club filed its suit, DOE filed a motion contesting its standing to bring suit in this matter on behalf of its members,” stated Weiss, who is an attorney.

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In comments about the ruling last week requested by the Daily Business News on MHProNews, Weiss also said that the “Sierra Club responded by filing an amended complaint (which it has a right to do), and filing a motion for partial summary judgment, essentially trying to leapfrog the standing issue and get an order stating that DOE violated the EISA [Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007] mandate to establish an MH energy standard within five years of passage.”

DOE then filed a motion to hold Sierra Club’s motion for partial summary judgment in abeyance, while the standing issue is addressed by the court,” Weiss’ play by play explained.

The court, last Thursday [8.16.2018], granted that DOE motion to hold consideration of Sierra Club’s motion for partial summary judgment in abeyance, as shown by the docket note below.  In the note, “plaintiff” refers to the Sierra Club, “defendant” refers to DOE.  This is positive news for the moment, but does not guarantee anything regarding the final outcome,” per Weiss.

It’s a positive step for the industry, which has had this potentially costly rule hanging overhead for years.

MHARR fought the DOE rule from the outset, but for years, the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) inexplicably supported standards third party research said could have added some $6,000 to a single section manufactured home.

After years of pushback by MHARR, the Small Business Administration, MHProNews, and other advocates for the industry, MHI finally flip-flopped on the issue last year.

Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) Shifts on DOE Regulatory Rule, Report, Analysis

The Trump Administration’s administrative executive orders put a stop to the matter, until the Sierra Club suit has revived the matter.

 

In the District of Columbia District Court, Judge Emmet G Sullivan ruled as follows, per the Pacer Monitor.

“MINUTE ORDER granting27 defendant’s motion to hold in abeyance23 plaintiff’s motion for partial summary judgment. The Court has broad authority to control the disposition of the cases on its docket. See Landis v. N. Am. Co., 299 U.S. 248, 254-55 (1936). The Court cannot agree with plaintiff that allowing the parties to brief summary judgment maximizes efficiency, especially because the Court must first assure itself of jurisdiction. See, e.g., Furniture Brands Int’l Inc. v. U.S. Int’l Trade Comm’n, No. 11-202, 2011 WL 10959877, at *1 (D.D.C. Apr. 8, 2011) (“[St]aying further briefing of the plaintiff’s summary judgment motion will allow the parties to avoid the unnecessary expense, the undue burden, and the expenditure of time to brief a motion that the Court may not decide.”). Therefore, the Court DENIES WITHOUT PREJUDICE23 plaintiff’s motion for partial summary judgment. Plaintiff may refile its motion for summary judgment, assuming the Court denies the defendant’s pending motion to dismiss. Signed by Judge Emmet G. Sullivan on 8/16/2018. (lcegs3)” ## (News, analysis and commentary.)

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“RESTORING THE RULE OF LAW TO MANUFACTURED HOUSING REGULATION” – MH Leader Call to Action

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The rule of law, and the supremacy of law over the arbitrary whims of individuals who happen to wield government power, was a profound concern for the founders who debated and developed the Constitution of the United States. For over two centuries, legal scholars have pointed to the primacy of the “rule of law” in the system of limited government and defined powers established by the Constitution, stating, for example: “The rule of law may be the most significant and influential accomplishment of Western constitutional thinking. The very meaning and structure of our Constitution embody this principle. Nowhere expressed yet evident throughout the Constitution, this bedrock concept is the first principle on which the American legal and political system was built.”

   Mark Weiss, J.D., President and CEO of the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR).

 

 

MarkWeissJDPresidentCEOManufacturedHousingAssocRegulatoryReformDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsFor too long, though, the rule of law, as envisioned by the nation’s founders, has been undermined, ignored, or bypassed by the so-called “Fourth Branch” of government – the permanent, overgrown and largely unaccountable bureaucracy that has ballooned within the federal government, often in concert with overpaid and largely unaccountable government contractors,” said Weiss in a MHARR release to the Daily Business News. 

While this is a major socio-political issue with ramifications that extend far beyond the scope of this column, federally-regulated manufactured housing faces challenges of its own regarding the rule of law, and with a new Administration – with a new regulatory philosophy — now in place, there is no time like the present to clearly address this issue within the unique context of manufactured housing regulation,” said Weiss.

In the manufactured housing arena, the most fundamental expression of the primacy of the rule of law is the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000,” Weiss said

It’s a theme that MHARR, and editorially MHProNews, have held for years. 

Indeed, the 2000 reform law is a direct outgrowth of – and a direct congressional response to and remedy for – administrative abuses that had piled-up within the federal manufactured housing program over the first quarter-century of its existence. These included, but by no means were limited to:

 

(1) de facto rulemaking by “interpretation;”

(2) circumventing, evading, or ignoring notice and comment requirements;

(3) abuses of the “Interpretive Bulletin” process;

(4) closed-door standards development activity;

(5) non-consensus standards development;

(6) contracting abuses resulting in a non-competitive, de facto “sole-source” program monitoring contract, the same monitoring contractor for the (now) entire 40-year-plus history of the program, and the delegation of governmental power to an unaccountable private entity; and

(7) activity to subvert the operation and objectivity of the former Manufactured Housing Advisory Council, and a host of other actions that undermined the basic fairness, reasonableness and, ultimately, legitimacy of the federal manufactured housing program.   

Weiss, an attorney known for being detail-oriented, got into the weeds in his analysis. 

He also commented on the “Deep State” style “subversion” of the HUD Code program. 

Just as importantly, through nearly every step of this decade-plus subversion of the 2000 reform law, “deep state” regulators at HUD have been aided and abetted by “institutional” program contractors – i.e., de facto sole-source contractors, such as the program monitoring contractor – which constitute a “deep state” of their very own, wielding unlawfully-delegated and largely unaccountable governmental power, together with a built-in incentive to continually expand both the scope and cost of regulation, thereby increasing their own power and influence and, not surprisingly, their contract revenues,” stated Weiss, adding that “This needless regulatory expansion, in itself, has excluded hundreds-of-thousands of Americans from the benefits of manufactured home ownership, based on studies conducted by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), and has unnecessarily slowed and stunted the industry’s recovery from its modern production low in 2009, disproportionately harming smaller industry businesses.  Nor does the industry itself escape part of the blame for this activity, as far too many of its largest corporate conglomerates – and their representatives — have provided protection and “cover” for the HUD status quo and program “leaders” who have gone to extraordinary lengths to undermine the most important elements of the 2000 reform law.” 

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The change in presidential administrations, however, has opened the door to potential remedies for this fundamentally lawless regulatory activity. In particular, the Trump Administration’s “top-to-bottom” review of HUD’s manufactured housing regulations and “regulatory activities,” under Executive Orders 13771 (“Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs”) and 13777 (“Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda”) provides a viable basis for action to repeal both the 2010 HUD interpretive rule and the slew of “field guidance” and other sub-regulatory mandates issued by HUD based on the Department’s unlawful construction of section 604(b)(6),” wrote Weiss.    

And indeed, MHARR in its February 20, 2018 regulatory review comments to HUD, specifically urged the program to return to the rule of law, through the withdrawal of the 2010 interpretive rule and all of the program’s sub-regulatory mandates issued without MHCC consideration and notice and comment rulemaking.” 

This effort…received a major boost when the U.S. Department of Justice notified federal agencies, through memoranda issued on November 16, 2017 and January 25, 2018 that it would no longer enforce administrative “guidance” documents issued without notice and comment rulemaking.  In part, the Justice Department stated: “Guidance documents cannot create biding requirements that do not already exist by statute or regulation.  Accordingly … the [Justice] Department may not use its enforcement authority to effectively convert agency guidance documents into binding rules.  Likewise, Department litigators may not use noncompliance with guidance documents as a basis for proving violations of applicable law…” said MHARR’s president.

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Dog Whistles, as Epic Battle for Business Effecting Manufactured Housing, Others Looms

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As Campus Reform humorously pointed out, the battle over the next nominee to the Supreme Court of the United States began almost immediately after the announcement that Justice Anthony “Tony” Kennedy would retire.

 

While the manufactured home industry veteran did not mention SCOTUS or the vacancy, in what reads like an anticipatory statement, Mark Weiss, JD, President and CEO of the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) said in a new article that it is time for a return to the rule of law, as it applies to manufactured housing. See that, linked here.

If certainty is an important issue for business and investing – and investors routinely tell MHProNews that it is – then dependability from the courts is a crucial issue for manufactured housing, and all others too.

Much of what has occurred in transforming American business and the legal landscape in recent decades has come from political and legal changes that flowed from Washington, D.C.

So like it or not, these issues matter to MHVille.

 

Increased Certainty for Business?

It is against a backdrop of certainty for business – rather than red herring issues like abortion, which even if someday it would be overturned, it would simply go back to the states – that this Daily Business News post examines the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh.  He stated last night that “A judge must be independent and must interpret the law, not make the law. A judge must interpret statutes as written, and a judge must interpret the Constitution as written, informed by history and tradition and precedent.”

That is the essence of what certainty is. That a law means what it says, and thus provides certainty for business and all others. The rest are details and commentary.

Showing off their sometimes-subtle whit, right wing Breitbart – which provided some of the pull quotes used here – shared a video from left wing MSNBC to show their readers what Judge Kavanaugh had to say in his 8 minutes of initial fame. Our video will be from CSPAN.

 

 

Kavanaugh was a Bush Administration appointee to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit on May 30, 2006, per federal records.

Kavanaugh said, “The framers established that the Constitution is designed to secure the blessings of liberty. Justice Kennedy devoted his career to securing liberty. I am deeply honored to be nominated to fill his seat on the Supreme Court.”

The D.C. judge later added some of the most important talking points that will doubtlessly come up during his confirmation process, “My judicial philosophy is straightforward. A judge must be independent and must interpret the law, not make the law. A judge must interpret statutes as written, and a judge must interpret the Constitution as written, informed by history and tradition and precedent. For the past 11 years, I’ve taught hundreds of students, primarily at Harvard Law School. I teach that the Constitution’s separation of powers protects individual liberty, and I remain grateful to the dean who hired me, Justice Elena Kagan. As a judge, I hire four law clerks each year. I look for the best. My law clerks come from diverse backgrounds and points of view. I am proud that a majority of my law clerks have been women.”

 

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In a release to the Daily Business News, the White House press room said last night that Kavanaugh was “the best of the best.”

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Millions will be spent by both major parties and their backers, primarily in battle ground states where Democrats have senators up for re-election this November in ‘red states’ that President Donald J. Trump won in 2016.

 

As MHProNews previously reported, several potential issues are expected to be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court in the coming years that will impact manufactured housing. So this business of certainty and following the law and Constitution matters.

The Importance for Businesses and Investors in Manufactured Housing for Selecting the Next Supreme Court Justice

 

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Fannie Mae Touts MH Advantage Program, But Manufactured Housing Association Slams Plan as “Illegitimate,” “Bait and Switch”

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In a letter to the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) and Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform presidents, Jonathan Lawless, Vice President of Fannie Mae advised the two national trade associations of their news “MH Advantage” program for manufactured homes.

 

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Rephrasing, manufactured homes that don’t fit the program won’t get financing.

The entire letter from Lawless, which was obtained by the Daily Business News, is linked above as a download.

Fannie Mae, as attentive MHProNews readers may recall, has drawn fire for being a member of MHI.

The GSEs have also been called out by House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling for lobbying, a charge the federally regulated home finance giant denies.

Update on Fannie Mae Lobbying, and Manufactured Housing Controversy

A letter published by MHARR leaned into Lawless and Fannie Mae, saying the plan is not acceptable.

MarkWeissJDPresidentCEOManufacturedHousingAssocRegulatoryReformDailyBusinessNewsMHProNews“…the MH Advantage Initiative, both in its underlying concept and premise, is in fundamental conflict with the DTS mandate – and suffers from other fatal defects – which render it wholly unacceptable to MHARR.”

MHARR’s president – an attorney and multi-decade industry veteran – began to carve up the Lawless letter as follows.

In relevant part, your June 4, 2018 letter states: “MH Advantage homes [will] have design features – developed after consultation with a range of manufacturers – more often associated with site-built homes.” (Emphasis added). The purpose of DTS, however, is not to change the fundamental character of HUD-regulated manufactured housing to be more like site-built homes, or to funnel DTS-based financing to higher-cost homes that are not in the mainstream of affordable HUD Code manufactured housing production,” wrote Weiss.

The DTS mandate, rather, as MHARR has noted on multiple occasions, was enacted by Congress as:

(1)  a congressional finding that Fannie Mae (and Freddie Mac) have not — and still do not — properly serve the manufactured housing market and manufactured housing consumers, despite existing Charter obligations to support homeownership opportunities for very low, low and moderate-income Americans, as well as  

      (2) a remedy for that specific failure.”

Weiss said that the failure of the predecessor to this program, MH Select, completely missed the mark, saying: “As the abject failure of the earlier Fannie Mae “MH Select” program,” saying that no loans had been made under the prior program.  Weiss said, MH Select, “…resulting, according to available information, in exactly zero loans…”

Indeed, the fact that it has taken ten years to get even this far, after decades of failing to serve the manufactured housing market (as determined by Congress), shows that Fannie Mae has no real intent to comply with DTS as established and designed by Congress.”  HERA 2008 is the legislation that established the Duty to Serve (DTS) manufactured housing, and after a 10 years, and it is only now that a chattel lending program is being rolled out.

Instead, prejudice, discrimination and outright bias against those prospective homebuyers – who the GSEs were formed to serve and DTS was specifically enacted to serve and benefit – has been the hallmark of Fannie Mae (and Freddie Mac) policy for decades, leading to the DTS mandate in the first place,” said Weiss.

“…As such, this program does not constitute a legitimate implementation of DTS as much as a diversion, “bait and switch,” and illegitimate end-run around the consumers and policies that DTS was enacted in order to advance,” the Washington, D.C. based MHARR president said.

This circumvention of the purposes and objectives of DTS, moreover, does not even begin to address other significant competition-based concerns regarding the specifics of the MH Advantage Initiative, including compliance criteria that were developed behind closed doors, in closed proceedings accessible only to select participants (as determined by Fannie Mae); and — according to information available to MHARR, onerous energy requirements that have been advanced by the largest industry manufacturers from both a marketing and regulatory perspective, and specifically favor those manufacturers,” Weiss stated, adding, “Nor does any of this even begin to address the possible intersection between the MH Advantage Initiative and a secretive “new class” of manufactured homes being advanced by the same large manufacturers – and their trade organization, the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) – which supposedly was “well received by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.”

Perhaps to Weiss point, the Fannie Mae website features two photos with their public announcement of the program, both from the company that MHI’s chairman represents.

The “MH Advantage” Initiative, therefore, is less about implementing DTS for its intended beneficiaries than avoiding the type of market-significant securitization and secondary market support for mainstream, affordable manufactured housing that DTS was designed and intended to produce.  As such, it violates DTS and is wholly unacceptable to MHARR.”

 

The View of the Finance Fray from MHProNews…

The Daily Business News warned the industry months ago that the so-called “new class of homes” being promoted by MHI was potentially the latest “trojan horse” from MHI. The articles linked below can be read later, and are provided as a reference and for more details.  But

 

Manufactured Housing’s “Trojan Horse”

 

The Fannie Mae letter should heighten that concern, as those retailers, communities, and producers that don’t participate in a plan tailored to the “big boys” at MHI.

 

Secretive “NEW” Class of Manufactured Housing Raises Serious Concerns

 

As MHProNews has warned, there are potentially monopolistic implications from these actions.

 

Wisconsin Housing Alliance – an MHI ‘Affiliate’ – Amy Bliss’ Messages Raise New Anti-Trust Issue

Several pending reports related to this topic are on the horizon.  But the bottom line for now is that this move by Fannie Mae may signal yet another attempted end-around by larger MHI member companies aimed at smaller independent ones — and it may be happening with one or both GSEs assistance.

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