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Senator Cory Booker – ‘We Need a President…to Enforce Antitrust Laws,’ Digging Warren, POTUS Trump

May 13th, 2019 No comments

 

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I don’t care if it’s Facebook, the pharma industry, even the agricultural industry. We’ve had a problem in America with corporate consolidation that is having really ill effects,” New Jersey Senator and 2020 Democratic Nomination contender Cory Booker said in an interview for ABC News “This Week.”

 

It’s driving out the independent family farmers. It’s driving up prescription drug costs. And in the realm of technology, we’re seeing…one or two companies controlling a significant amount of the online advertising.” he continued.  Booker’s comments come on the heels of Facebook’s co-founder and former chief executive Chris Hughes’ publicly calling for the breakup of Facebook, see that and other former FB insiders comments, linked here.

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Tens of thousands of manufactured home industry professionals use Facebook daily.  But the issue of controlling wide swaths of media, or other antitrust concerns that impact manufactured housing, are far broader.

It should be noted that Big Tech, including Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg are more routinely saying to federal officials, ‘regulate us.’ But as deeply-focused, regular, and longtime MHProNews readers know, that call for ‘regulation’ can be akin to big banks getting ‘regulated’ by Dodd-Frank.  The consequences of Dodd-Frank and the regulations that flowed from it were that smaller lenders got driven out.

Rephrased, a giant firm can better handle regulations, which pushes out smaller ones.  Thus FB’s and Zuckerberg’s – or any other similar call for regulation vs. antitrust law breakup – can properly be seen as a ruse that simply won’t work in practice as it is being promoted.  It’s a false flag solution to a real and pressing issue of the growing monopolization of America.  It is possible to posture opposing a big company, but de facto take an action that helps it, rather than controls or breaks it up.

 

Booker on Antitrust, President Trump and Elizabeth Warren

If I’m president of the United States, I will have a Justice Department that uses antitrust legislation to do the proper investigations and to hold industries accountable for corporate consolidation,” Senator Booker said to ABC’s Jonathan Karl.

Booker said he believes in “process,” and in this ABC News video delivered a not too subtle elbow at both fellow Democratic contender, Senator Elizabeth Warren (MA-D) as well as GOP President Donald J. Trump.

In early March, fellow 2020 Democratic candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren called for the breakup of Facebook, Amazon and Google. MHProNews and MHLivingNews have spotlighted Warren’s more aggressive posture on antitrust than some of her fellow Democrats.

As these companies have grown larger and more powerful, they have used their resources and control over the way we use the internet to squash small businesses and innovation, and substitute their own financial interests for the broader interests of the American people,” the Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren wrote. “To restore the balance of power in our democracy, to promote competition and to ensure that the next generation of technology innovation is as vibrant as the last, it’s time to break up our biggest tech companies.”

The arguments being made by these and some other Democratic and GOP voices could be applied to Berkshire Hathaway, Clayton Homes, and their top manufactured home lenders.  It could be applied to Microsoft.  Thus an apt battle cry could be #DeFaangBM. Break up the FAANG companies, plus Berkshire and Microsoft.  These are important places to start the restoration of a more truly free marketplace in the U.S.

 

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Booker said he doesn’t “think that a president should be running around, pointing at companies and…breaking them up without any kind of process here.”

It’s not me and my own personal opinion about going after folks. That sounds more like a Donald Trump thing to say, like, ‘I’m going to break up you guys, I’m gonna break’ — no.” He deflected the point that it was Senator Warren saying that, not President Trump. “Well, that’s what she’s saying. She’s the one that’s saying that,” ABC’s Karl said.

Booker deflected, saying it was up to Senator Warren to discuss her positions.

I’m telling you right now, we do not need a president that is going to use their own personal beliefs and tell you which companies we should break up,” he said. We need a president that’s going to enforce antitrust laws in this country, and I will be that person.”

 

 

Given the crowded nature of the 2020 field, with about 21 Democrats currently in contention, and Howard Schultz possibly moving towards an independent run, hopeful’s like Booker are looking for media oxygen as well as financial support to sustain their White House ambitions.

 

The Issue of Antitrust, America, and MHVille

Both sides of the major party political aisle have allowed antitrust laws to languish, certainly since the 1990s.  As it is becoming obvious to both the left and the right, there are increasing calls to act in a way that will benefit the economy, jobs, and ultimately the vast majority of the people. ICYMI, or need a refresher, a useful overview was provided in the article linked below.

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President Trump’s White House let it be know that an executive order on antitrust was drafted last year. His campaign manager has also talked about the threat posed by big tech. See more on that, in the related reports, below the bylines, notices, and offers.

While POTUS Trump has not yet acted, in fairness, it was only recently that the Mueller report came out, which lifted the cloud of baseless ‘Russian collusion’ that acted as a drag on his presidency, especially during his first year in office. It now remains to be seen what he will do with the remaining two years of what he hopes will be his first of two terms at the helm in D.C.

Given the significant extent to which consolidation has been impacting manufactured housing independents and manufactured home community residents in recent years, the interest in this issue is and should be high among industry professionals.

See the related reports, which includes the ‘November Rain’ address by the Trump DOJ’s top antitrust watch dog, further below.

It is difficult to imagine how an investor or professional in manufactured housing can begin to properly grasp the market without having a firm handle on the trends toward monopolization.  That means one must also understand what are the root causes of that trend.  The related reports reveal that it is an issue that spans the left-right divide.  There is oddly no one else in manufactured housing trade media that focuses on this issue, perhaps because they are de facto mouthpieces for the Omaha-Knoxville-Arlington axis?

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“When Rules Don’t Apply” Docudrama Video, How Workers, Others Get Ripped Off By Giants Breaking Laws – Successful Case Spotlighted

April 10th, 2019 Comments off

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It is the Department of Justice, says the makers of this video, that put the theft of wages workers as 4x higher than the loss to property crimes.

 

4 times more lost wages to companies – white collar – than to those who steal, rob, vandalize, etc.? That’s the claim of the makers of the new documentary video, “When Rules Don’t Apply.”

It explores a successful actual antitrust case that was lodged not so long ago against big tech companies.

Here is the teaser version of their video.

 

But to what degree does this influence industries like manufactured housing?

Sources inside those giant MH brands, and their competitors too, have been telling MHProNews that the alleged rigging of the marketplace by Berkshire brands, in collusion with some at the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) is resulting in wage and earnings suppression.

 

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This is an overlooked point of the harmful impact of monopoly and the manipulation of markets. It has been highlighted before by MHProNews, see related reports, further below.

 

They’ve also sounded the alarm that if Clayton succeeds in its slow-motion takeover of manufactured housing, that its currently high-earning general managers (GMs) will find their pay cut.  Insider say that happened once before but had to be walked back.

Antitrust laws exist because monopolies are harmful to all but a favored few.  That is why monopolies or ‘trusts’ are illegal.  The Daily Business News on MHProNews will continue to raise awareness on this critical issue for the sake of the industry’s independents, but also for those who work for firms of all sizes.

 

 

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Chinese PreFab Housing In U.S., Reasons George Soros’ Davos Remarks on China’s Threat Important to MHVille

January 29th, 2019 Comments off

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For years, the Daily Business News (DBN) on MHProNews has been a lone voice in the factory-built housing trade media alerting domestic firms about the looming – and now actual – challenges from imported industrialized building.

 

The industry’s so-called leaders in Arlington purportedly have an often documented inability to address bad or good news publicly beyond their members in a manner that might yield greater growth.  Instead they either ignore reality with the illusion of motion or provide excuses – easily debunked for thinkers – for a lack of growth.

Meanwhile, China and other nations are producing prefabs that are making inroads into U.S. markets.

It seems that domestic builders didn’t learn the lessons of Chinese drywall? Some have forgotten how costly that fiasco was.

 

 

Nevertheless, American firms kept buying stuff and shipping jobs from the U.S. to China.  This DBN report is an important example of how properly sourcing from both the left and right can be useful, even necessary.

 

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The Soros has taken on Facebook this year, among other issues. But the far greater threat, says progressive mega-billionaire George Soros, is China’s tech, economic, and other power.  His recent comments at the tony Davos conference of global leaders about China sounded much like an episode of right-of-center Tucker Carlson on Fox News.

Listen to Carlson, then read Soros’ comments.  Facts are facts, regardless of the source.

 

 

Soros billions make his words and movements news. So this stark warning from Soros – whom this publication has periodically critiqued – represents an interesting partial pivot.

Let’s see some pull-quotes from Soros’ address at Davos, followed by his entire speech.  Each bullet is a quote from the full text, below.

  • Last year when I stood before you I spent most of my time analyzing the nefarious role of the IT monopolies. This is what I said: “An alliance is emerging between authoritarian states and the large data rich IT monopolies that bring together nascent systems of corporate surveillance with an already developing system of state sponsored surveillance. This may well result in a web of totalitarian control the likes of which not even George Orwell could have imagined.”
  • Tonight I want to call attention to the mortal danger facing open societies from the instruments of control that machine learning and artificial intelligence can put in the hands of repressive regimes. I’ll focus on China, where Xi Jinping wants a one-party state to reign supreme.
  • China isn’t the only authoritarian regime in the world, but it’s undoubtedly the wealthiest, strongest and most developed in machine learning and artificial intelligence. This makes Xi Jinping the most dangerous opponent of those who believe in the concept of open society. But Xi isn’t alone. Authoritarian regimes are proliferating all over the world and if they succeed, they will become totalitarian.

As noted, there are several points that MHProNews’ would editorially disagree with Soros, and longtime readers know we’ve critiqued Soros before.  But we believe in a ‘wheat and chaff’ approach, you take truth wherever you find it. 

Much of what follows are facts that go beyond the left-right ideological divide. After the video is the speech, per Soros’ own website.  

 

 

Remarks delivered at the World Economic Forum

Davos, Switzerland, January 24, 2019

 

Good evening and thank you all for coming.

I want to use my time tonight to warn the world about an unprecedented danger that’s threatening the very survival of open societies.

Last year when I stood before you I spent most of my time analyzing the nefarious role of the IT monopolies. This is what I said: “An alliance is emerging between authoritarian states and the large data rich IT monopolies that bring together nascent systems of corporate surveillance with an already developing system of state sponsored surveillance. This may well result in a web of totalitarian control the likes of which not even George Orwell could have imagined.”

Tonight I want to call attention to the mortal danger facing open societies from the instruments of control that machine learning and artificial intelligence can put in the hands of repressive regimes. I’ll focus on China, where Xi Jinping wants a one-party state to reign supreme.

A lot of things have happened since last year and I’ve learned a lot about the shape that totalitarian control is going to take in China.

All the rapidly expanding information available about a person is going to be consolidated in a centralized database to create a “social credit system.” Based on that data, people will be evaluated by algorithms that will determine whether they pose a threat to the one-party state. People will then be treated accordingly.

The social credit system is not yet fully operational, but it’s clear where it’s heading. It will subordinate the fate of the individual to the interests of the one-party state in ways unprecedented in history.

I find the social credit system frightening and abhorrent. Unfortunately, some Chinese find it rather attractive because it provides information and services that aren’t currently available and can also protect law-abiding citizens against enemies of the state.

China isn’t the only authoritarian regime in the world, but it’s undoubtedly the wealthiest, strongest and most developed in machine learning and artificial intelligence. This makes Xi Jinping the most dangerous opponent of those who believe in the concept of open society. But Xi isn’t alone. Authoritarian regimes are proliferating all over the world and if they succeed, they will become totalitarian.

As the founder of the Open Society Foundations, I’ve devoted my life to fighting totalizing, extremist ideologies, which falsely claim that the ends justify the means. I believe that the desire of people for freedom can’t be repressed forever. But I also recognize that open societies are profoundly endangered at present.

What I find particularly disturbing is that the instruments of control developed by artificial intelligence give an inherent advantage to authoritarian regimes over open societies. For them, instruments of control provide a useful tool; for open societies, they pose a mortal threat.

I use “open society” as shorthand for a society in which the rule of law prevails as opposed to rule by a single individual and where the role of the state is to protect human rights and individual freedom. In my personal view, an open society should pay special attention to those who suffer from discrimination or social exclusion and those who can’t defend themselves.

By contrast, authoritarian regimes use whatever instruments of control they possess to maintain themselves in power at the expense of those whom they exploit and suppress.

How can open societies be protected if these new technologies give authoritarian regimes a built-in advantage? That’s the question that preoccupies me. And it should also preoccupy all those who prefer to live in an open society.

Open societies need to regulate companies that produce instruments of control, while authoritarian regimes can declare them “national champions.” That’s what has enabled some Chinese state-owned companies to catch up with and even surpass the multinational giants.

This, of course, isn’t the only problem that should concern us today. For instance, man-made climate change threatens the very survival of our civilization. But the structural disadvantage that confronts open societies is a problem which has preoccupied me and I’d like to share with you my ideas on how to deal with it.

My deep concern for this issue arises out of my personal history. I was born in Hungary in 1930 and I’m Jewish. I was 13 years old when the Nazis occupied Hungary and started deporting Jews to extermination camps.

I was very fortunate because my father understood the nature of the Nazi regime and arranged false identity papers and hiding places for all members of his family, and for a number of other Jews as well. Most of us survived.

The year 1944 was the formative experience of my life. I learned at an early age how important it is what kind of political regime prevails. When the Nazi regime was replaced by Soviet occupation I left Hungary as soon as I could and found refuge in England.

At the London School of Economics I developed my conceptual framework under the influence of my mentor, Karl Popper. That framework proved to be unexpectedly useful when I found myself a job in the financial markets. The framework had nothing to do with finance, but it is based on critical thinking. This allowed me to analyze the deficiencies of the prevailing theories guiding institutional investors. I became a successful hedge fund manager and I prided myself on being the best paid critic in the world.

Running a hedge fund was very stressful. When I had made more money than I needed for myself or my family, I underwent a kind of midlife crisis. Why should I kill myself to make more money? I reflected long and hard on what I really cared about and in 1979 I set up the Open Society Fund. I defined its objectives as helping to open up closed societies, reducing the deficiencies of open societies and promoting critical thinking.

My first efforts were directed at undermining the apartheid system in South Africa. Then I turned my attention to opening up the Soviet system. I set up a joint venture with the Hungarian Academy of Science, which was under Communist control, but its representatives secretly sympathized with my efforts. This arrangement succeeded beyond my wildest dreams. I got hooked on what I like to call “political philanthropy.” That was in 1984.

In the years that followed, I tried to replicate my success in Hungary and in other Communist countries. I did rather well in the Soviet empire, including the Soviet Union itself, but in China it was a different story.

My first effort in China looked rather promising. It involved an exchange of visits between Hungarian economists who were greatly admired in the Communist world, and a team from a newly established Chinese think tank which was eager to learn from the Hungarians.

Based on that initial success, I proposed to Chen Yizi, the leader of the think tank, to replicate the Hungarian model in China. Chen obtained the support of Premier Zhao Ziyang and his reform-minded policy secretary Bao Tong.

A joint venture called the China Fund was inaugurated in October 1986. It was an institution unlike any other in China. On paper, it had complete autonomy.

Bao Tong was its champion. But the opponents of radical reforms, who were numerous, banded together to attack him. They claimed that I was a CIA agent and asked the internal security agency to investigate. To protect himself, Zhao Ziyang replaced Chen Yizi with a high-ranking official in the external security police. The two organizations were co-equal and they couldn’t interfere in each other’s affairs.

I approved this change because I was annoyed with Chen Yizi for awarding too many grants to members of his own institute and I was unaware of the political infighting behind the scenes. But applicants to the China Fund soon noticed that the organization had come under the control of the political police and started to stay away. Nobody had the courage to explain to me the reason for it.

Eventually, a Chinese grantee visited me in New York and told me, at considerable risk to himself. Soon thereafter, Zhao Ziyang was removed from power and I used that excuse to close the foundation. This happened just before the Tiananmen Square massacre in 1989 and it left a “black spot” on the record of the people associated with the foundation. They went to great length to clear their names and eventually they succeeded.

In retrospect, it’s clear that I made a mistake in trying to establish a foundation which operated in ways that were alien to people in China. At that time, giving a grant created a sense of mutual obligation between the donor and recipient and obliged both of them to remain loyal to each other forever.

So much for history. Let me now turn to the events that occurred in the last year, some of which surprised me.

When I first started going to China, I met many people in positions of power who were fervent believers in the principles of open society. In their youth they had been deported to the countryside to be re-educated, often suffering hardships far greater than mine in Hungary. But they survived and we had much in common. We had all been on the receiving end of a dictatorship.

They were eager to learn about Karl Popper’s thoughts on the open society. While they found the concept very appealing, their interpretation remained somewhat different from mine. They were familiar with Confucian tradition, but there was no tradition of voting in China. Their thinking remained hierarchical and carried a built-in respect for high office. I, on the other hand I was more egalitarian and wanted everyone to have a vote.

So, I wasn’t surprised when Xi Jinping ran into serious opposition at home; but I was surprised by the form it took. At last summer’s leadership convocation at the seaside resort of Beidaihe, Xi Jinping was apparently taken down a peg or two. Although there was no official communique, rumor had it that the convocation disapproved of the abolition of term limits and the cult of personality that Xi had built around himself.

It’s important to realize that such criticisms were only a warning to Xi about his excesses, but did not reverse the lifting of the two-term limit. Moreover, “The Thought of Xi Jinping,” which he promoted as his distillation of Communist theory was elevated to the same level as the “Thought of Chairman Mao.” So Xi remains the supreme leader, possibly for lifetime. The ultimate outcome of the current political infighting remains unresolved.

I’ve been concentrating on China, but open societies have many more enemies, Putin’s Russia foremost among them. And the most dangerous scenario is when these enemies conspire with, and learn from, each other on how to better oppress their people.

The question poses itself, what can we do to stop them?

The first step is to recognize the danger. That’s why I’m speaking out tonight. But now comes the difficult part. Those of us who want to preserve the open society must work together and form an effective alliance. We have a task that can’t be left to governments.

History has shown that even governments that want to protect individual freedom have many other interests and they also give precedence to the freedom of their own citizens over the freedom of the individual as a general principle.

My Open Society Foundations are dedicated to protecting human rights, especially for those who don’t have a government defending them. When we started four decades ago there were many governments which supported our efforts but their ranks have thinned out. The US and Europe were our strongest allies, but now they’re preoccupied with their own problems.

Therefore, I want to focus on what I consider the most important question for open societies: what will happen in China?

The question can be answered only by the Chinese people. All we can do is to draw a sharp distinction between them and Xi Jinping. Since Xi has declared his hostility to open society, the Chinese people remain our main source of hope.

And there are, in fact, grounds for hope. As some China experts have explained to me, there is a Confucian tradition, according to which advisors of the emperor are expected to speak out when they strongly disagree with one of his actions or decrees, even if that it may result in exile or execution.

This came as a great relief to me when I had been on the verge of despair. The committed defenders of open society in China, who are around my age, have mostly retired and their places have been taken by younger people who are dependent on Xi Jinping for promotion. But a new political elite has emerged that is willing to uphold the Confucian tradition. This means that Xi will continue to have a political opposition at home.

Xi presents China as a role model for other countries to emulate, but he’s facing criticism not only at home but also abroad. His Belt and Road Initiative has been in operation long enough to reveal its deficiencies.

It was designed to promote the interests of China, not the interests of the recipient countries; its ambitious infrastructure projects were mainly financed by loans, not by grants, and foreign officials were often bribed to accept them. Many of these projects proved to be uneconomic.

The iconic case is in Sri Lanka. China built a port that serves its strategic interests. It failed to attract sufficient commercial traffic to service the debt and enabled China to take possession of the port. There are several similar cases elsewhere and they’re causing widespread resentment.

Malaysia is leading the pushback. The previous government headed by Najib Razak sold out to China but in May 2018 Razak was voted out of office by a coalition led by Mahathir Mohamed. Mahathir immediately stopped several big infrastructure projects and is currently negotiating with China how much compensation Malaysia will still have to pay.

The situation is not as clear-cut in Pakistan, which has been the largest recipient of Chinese investments. The Pakistani army is fully beholden to China but the position of Imran Khan who became prime minister last August is more ambivalent. At the beginning of 2018, China and Pakistan announced grandiose plans in military cooperation. By the end of the year, Pakistan was in a deep financial crisis. But one thing became evident: China intends to use the Belt and Road Initiative for military purposes as well.

All these setbacks have forced Xi Jinping to modify his attitude toward the Belt and Road Initiative. In September, he announced that “vanity projects” will be shunned in favor of more carefully conceived initiatives and in October, the People’s Daily warned that projects should serve the interests of the recipient countries.

Customers are now forewarned and several of them, ranging from Sierra Leone to Ecuador, are questioning or renegotiating projects.

Most importantly, the US government has now identified China as a “strategic rival.” President Trump is notoriously unpredictable, but this decision was the result of a carefully prepared plan. Since then, the idiosyncratic behavior of Trump has been largely superseded by a China policy adopted by the agencies of the administration and overseen by Asian affairs advisor of the National Security Council Matt Pottinger and others. The policy was outlined in a seminal speech by Vice President Mike Pence on October 4th.

Even so, declaring China a strategic rival is too simplistic. China is an important global actor. An effective policy towards China can’t be reduced to a slogan.

It needs to be far more sophisticated, detailed and practical; and it must include an American economic response to the Belt and Road Initiative. The Pottinger plan doesn’t answer the question whether its ultimate goal is to level the playing field or to disengage from China altogether.

Xi Jinping fully understood the threat that the new US policy posed for his leadership. He gambled on a personal meeting with President Trump at the G20 meeting in Buenos Aires. In the meantime, the danger of global trade war escalated and the stock market embarked on a serious sell-off in December. This created problems for Trump who had concentrated all his efforts on the 2018 midterm elections. When Trump and Xi met, both sides were eager for a deal. No wonder that they reached one, but it’s very inconclusive: a ninety-day truce.

In the meantime, there are clear indications that a broad based economic decline is in the making in China, which is affecting the rest of the world. A global slowdown is the last thing the market wants to see.

The unspoken social contract in China is built on steadily rising living standards. If the decline in the Chinese economy and stock market is severe enough, this social contract may be undermined and even the business community may turn against Xi Jinping. Such a downturn could also sound the death knell of the Belt and Road Initiative, because Xi may run out of resources to continue financing so many lossmaking investments.

On the question of global internet governance, there’s an undeclared struggle between the West and China. China wants to dictate rules and procedures that govern the digital economy by dominating the developing world with its new platforms and technologies. This is a threat to the freedom of the Internet and indirectly open society itself.

Last year I still believed that China ought to be more deeply embedded in the institutions of global governance, but since then Xi Jinping’s behavior has changed my opinion.  My present view is that instead of waging a trade war with practically the whole world, the US should focus on China. Instead of letting  ZTE and Huawei off lightly, it needs to crack down on them. If these companies came to dominate the 5G market, they would present an unacceptable security risk for the rest of the world.

Regrettably, President Trump seems to be following a different course: make concessions to China and declare victory while renewing his attacks on US allies. This is liable to undermine the US policy objective of curbing China’s abuses and excesses.

To conclude, let me summarize the message I’m delivering tonight. My key point is that the combination of repressive regimes with IT monopolies endows those regimes with a built-in advantage over open societies. The instruments of control are useful tools in the hands of authoritarian regimes, but they pose a mortal threat to open societies.

China is not the only authoritarian regime in the world but it is the wealthiest, strongest and technologically most advance. This makes Xi Jinping the most dangerous opponent of open societies. That’s why it’s so important to distinguish Xi Jinping’s policies from the aspirations of the Chinese people. The social credit system, if it became operational, would give Xi total control over the people. Since Xi is the most dangerous enemy of the open society, we must pin our hopes on the Chinese people, and especially on the business community and a political elite willing to uphold the Confucian tradition.

This doesn’t mean that those of us who believe in the open society should remain passive. The reality is that we are in a Cold War that threatens to turn into a hot one. On the other hand, if Xi and Trump were no longer in power, an opportunity would present itself to develop greater cooperation between the two cyber-superpowers.

It is possible to dream of something similar to the United Nations Treaty that arose out of the Second World War. This would be the appropriate ending to the current cycle of conflict between the US and China. It would reestablish international cooperation and allow open societies to flourish. That sums up my message.

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No Kings in America? – John Sherman ‘Speaks’ to Manufactured Housing

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If we will not endure a king as a political power, we should not endure a king over the production,
transportation, and sale of any of the necessities of life
.”

— John Sherman

 

Sherman was a mover in what today is known as the Sherman antitrust act. The act was sponsored by Senator John Sherman (1823–1900) of Ohio, as a leading anti-monopolistic leader.  The quotes speaks for itself. Among the necessities we should not have a monopoly over the production of affordable manufactured housing.

 

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The next two more contemporary quotes are more sobering.  Both come from the political left.

Antitrust law isn’t about protecting competing businesses from each other,
it’s about protecting competition itself on behalf of the public
.”

–      Al Franken

 

This antitrust thing will blow over.”

–      Bill Gates

 

Keep in mind that Gates’ Microsoft was the target of an antirust action. Gates and Warren Buffett are in several ways, joined at the hip. Gates, in a very specifric sense, turned out to be correct.  More on those points another time.

This quote below is also from the progressive side of the aisle. All but the first and next quote are from AZ Quotes.

From a non-profit’s website: “The Open Markets Institute uses journalism to promote greater awareness of the political and economic dangers of monopolization, identifies the changes in policy and law that cleared the way for such consolidation, and fosters discussions with policymakers and citizens as to how to update America’s traditional political economic principles for our 21st century digital society.”

Let’s turn to a former and famous president.

Beware of that profound enemy of the free enterprise system who pays lip-service to free competition, but also labels every antitrust prosecution as a persecution.”

–      Franklin D. Roosevelt

 

Back to Franken.

Most Americans don’t think about antitrust law when they look at their cable bill, flip channels on TV, or worry about what their favorite website knows about them. But they should.”

–      Al Franken

 

Changing technologies, changing marketplaces, and even changing trends in anti-competitive practices have all presented challenges to antitrust enforcement.”

–      Al Franken

 

Then, there is Green Party candidate for president, Jill Stein. For all of these, keep in mind, wheat and chaff.  You don’t have to agree on everything, to agree on specific things.

We need to use antitrust laws. You know, we need to create real media again.”

–      Jill Stein

It’s time to use the antitrust laws and to break up this conglomerate corporate media that has now poisoned our democracy to the point that our very survival is at risk for the kinds of monstrosities that are flourishing in our corporate media dominated discussion.”

–      Jill Stein

There are voices on the right that favor use of antitrust action.  One of them is below.

Vigilant and effective antitrust enforcement today is preferable to the heavy hand of government regulation of the Internet tomorrow.”

–      Orrin Hatch

Here’s a surprising one, a former Democrat, who today is a member of the GOP.

If I am elected President, I will end the special interest monopoly in Washington, D.C.

– Donald Trump

 

From President Donald J. Trump, to a plank in the Democratic Party’s ‘new deal’ plan, and others in between, are calling for a break-up of several major conglomerates.  From the FAANGs, to major media conglomerates, to Berkshire Hathaway and others, there is a need to restore balance to both the market and politics. Regulations can’t fix this, only a breakup – like the AT&T breakup – will do.

A useful overview of the topic of monopoly is explored in a reasonably balanced way in this video below.  For example, the video explains the limited cases – such as public utilities – when a monopoly can make sense, although that too could become a dated view as various technologies emerge that could allow more competition for utilities.  The video uses facts and humor as it educates, and has had hundreds of thousands of views.

 

Monopolies and Anti-Competitive Markets: Crash Course Economics

 

 

Those voices in MHVille that stand mute or even actively oppose a discussion of monopoly are practically defending those that are monopolizing manufactured housing. That hurts independent businesses, consumers, government – almost everyone – save for the limited numbers who are doing the monopolization.

As an independent operation that favors free enterprise, we stand foursquare against monopolistic forces, because they are corrosive of the economic and thus political system in America. See the related reports, linked below. “We Provide, You Decide.” © ## (News, analysis, and commentary.)

 

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16 Tons, and MH Whistleblowers

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We’ve entered a new era.

 

But in some ways, it’s a throwback to decades ago, when thousands of workers resembled the message of the classic song, “16 Tons.”

There was a time after slavery ended in the U.S. when workers in various markets – including, but not limited to those in mining – were essentially trapped in ‘company towns.’ You made just enough to keep a roof over your head, basic food, and clothing.

It was the ultimate monopoly. For those who think that a monopoly is no big deal, imagine what America would look like in 10 years if the monopolists won.

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According to Genius, here below are the lyrics to the classic Tennessee Ernie Ford son, which are also shown on screen in the video, posted below.  It was wildly popular in that era, and offers lessons to those who ponder its meaning today too.  You can play the video to hear the music and song, as you read the lyrics.

16 Tons

 

[Verse 1]
Some people say a man is made outta mud
A poor man’s made outta muscle and blood
Muscle and blood and skin and bones
A mind that’s a weak and a back that’s strong

[Chorus]
You load sixteen tons, what do you get?
Another day older and deeper in debt
Saint Peter, don’t you call me ’cause I can’t go
I owe my soul to the company store

[Verse 2]
I was born one mornin’ when the sun didn’t shine
I picked up my shovel and I walked to the mine
I loaded sixteen tons of number nine coal
And the straw boss said “Well, a-bless my soul”

[Chorus]
You load sixteen tons, what do you get?
Another day older and deeper in debt
Saint Peter, don’t you call me ’cause I can’t go
I owe my soul to the company store

[Verse 3]
I was born one mornin’, it was drizzlin’ rain
Fightin’ and Trouble are my middle name
I was raised in the canebrake by an ol’ mama lion
Cain’t no-a high-toned woman make me walk the line

[Chorus]
You load sixteen tons, what do you get?
Another day older and deeper in debt
Saint Peter, don’t you call me ’cause I can’t go
I owe my soul to the company store

[Verse 4]

If you see me comin’, better step aside

A lotta men didn’t, a lotta men died

One fist of iron, the other of steel

If the right one don’t a-get you, then the left one will

[Chorus]
You load sixteen tons, what do you get?
Another day older and deeper in debt
Saint Peter, don’t you call me ’cause I can’t go
I owe my soul to the company store

 

 

There was also the era of the “Robber Barons,” which were eventually broken up by antitrust action.

It’s not always as easy to see, but a more complex form of those phenomenon arguably has begun, and is developing today. That emerging trend impacts manufactured housing.

 

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It impacts the vast majority in our industry, including those who work for a conglomerates brands in manufactured housing.  Who says?  Among others, sources within those MH brands.  ICYMI, or need a refresher, you can later read the reports linked from this article for more insights and details.

 

Former Clayton Homes Team, Employees Speak Out – Mainstream Media, Trade Media Reports

 

It’s from deep, well placed Clayton Homes contacts that the stories above and below developed.

 

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

 

It was sources inside and deep within, Cavco, as pros well long standing ties to Cavco Industries, that helped round out and develop the report linked below, along with others from that same post.

 

Hedge Fund’s Cavco Move, and More from Inside MHVille

 

Sources within and tied to MHI have provided MHProNews with insights that have proven useful to thousands of industry readers who’ve wondered, when is manufactured housing actually going to return to something more like the shipment levels of the industry’s glory days?

 

Machiavellian “Godfather” – Sam Zell, Warren Buffett, Capital, Lending and Crossed Lines in Manufactured Housing

 

Insider tips, whistleblowers, and just savvy sources are among those who’ve helped transition the manufactured home industry’s top trade media on the Daily Business News on MHProNews into our industry’s trade media unrivaled leader.  Men and women, workers and leaders from operations of all sizes logon daily by the thousands.

And our third-party traffic logs reveal that for a modest industry, our market penetration is likewise unrivaled. This requires team work.

 

Whistleblowing, Tips and More – Becoming a MH Citizen Journalistic News Source

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  • expert insights,
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  • Whistleblowing,
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The nation and our manufactured home industry are in flux. News tips and feedback – on or off the record – and whistleblowing are part of how we interact with the industry, and that keeps savvy, honest professionals informed.

 

Help Us, Help You

One of our industry’s favorite tag lines, and it isn’t ours, is “Better Together” – because that captures the essence of what should ideally happen — mutual victories through joint efforts.

What ROC USA’s tag line expresses could be rephrased something like these two notions for the industry’s professionals.

  • Achieving Mutual Victories by Wisely Working Together.”
  • Together, Let’s Honestly Protect, Properly Educate and Promote the Proven Affordable Housing Solution, Today’s Manufactured Homes.”

We can’t do it alone, and thankfully, we have had useful support and insights for years.  There have always been willing clients and sponsors, who’ve routinely thanked us for results, along with expert, inside sources that gave us tips, news, documents, evidence, and comments.  Those in turn have helped spotlight the real problems that have held manufactured housing back from its potential.

If you don’t want to shop at the company store of the future, this is the time to step up to the plate. Some more recent examples of MHProNews stories that resulted from industry tips and sources are found below. We Provide, You Decide.”  © ## (News, analysis, and commentary.)

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For Independents, Independent-Minded MH Professionals, and Freedom-Loving Investors Only, Sunday Headline News Recap 10-7 to 10.14.2018

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First, thank you for giving us a record start to October.  It seems that the sharper the fact-checks, the more our audience or professionals and investors eats it up.

 

Serious readers deserve facts, not pablum.

The pie-charts below are about manufactured housing production.

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The third pie chart below is the punch line. Ignoring the trend lines helps only the powerful few.

But they arguably represent similar trend-lines in retail, communities, suppliers, lending, transport, service, installers and other segments of the industry too.

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Graphic by MHProNews, using information provided by each corporation, or named entities.

 

The Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) brags about their big three members. When they created their videos, it was their big three members that were featured. If you are an independent, does the charts above and below inspire your confidence in their objectively supporting you?  Or does it make you see that the Big Three have taken over the lion share of the industry?

Third-party tracking data reflects that professionals among the manufactured housing industry’s giants are as dedicated to reading us as are smaller- to mid-sized firms.

Working for a giant? There are many reasons for managers or those who aspire for more read us and become sources of news and tips. If they want more, history reveals that there is only so much you can make by working for the monopolistic “company store.”

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Monopolies and their cousin – oligopolies – purportedly harm every segment of society. Common sense says as much.

 

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Warren Buffett, say critics, is buldling a new type of “company town.” Like the proverbial slow boiling of the frog in a pot of water, the placid pace nevertheless has an impact over time. Clayton has gone from an large also ran in 2002, prior to Buffett’s takeover in 2003, to some 50 percent of the industry by 2018. Monopoly? Is this a demonstration of Buffett’s “The Moat” principle at work?

  • Fewer competitors, means there are fewer opportunities.
  • Fewer opportunities means lower pay.
  • Giants are more likely to automate, which makes a worker’s or manager’s position vulnerable.

The above are akin to the thoughts from experts in other fields that study monopolies and oligopolies.

During the last three presidential administrations, the foundations were established or fostered policies and practices that led our once thriving manufactured home industry to the relative low point that it exists today. Just think, if we get past the 100,000 shipment mark in 2018, that would still be about 73 percent lower than manufactured housing was 20 years ago.

There is an affordable housing crisis.  As MHProNews and MHLivingNews have documented, third-party housing experts that studied our industry believed in the late 1990s, and early 2000s that manufactured housing would thrive. But that didn’t happen.

  • The more you think and look at the evidence,
  • the deeper you examine the facts and trends,
  • the more people of common sense see that “the system” has been rigged, as supporters of Bernie Sanders and POTUS Donald J. Trump broadly agree.

A rigged system hurts almost everyone, save the few that benefit from the system being rigged.

Monopolies of information and capital lead to monopolies of power.

 

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Danny Glover quote from the fascinating video documentary, Shadows of Liberty, posted on the linked page above.

 

The Manufactured Housing Institute has purportedly worked in concert with the majors in our industry to lead the many into habits and patterns of behavior that’s cost thousands their businesses in the last decade alone.

We follow the facts, the evidence, and the money.  Who else in MHVille trade publishing does that?  Why do the others in MH publishing gladly take the money of the majors?  How has it influenced their content?  These are apt questions that Danny Glover’s observation compels thinking people to ponder.

The following are facts.  Professionals like:

  • the Claytons’,
  • Nathan Smith, and
  • numerous allies of Warren Buffett and Berkshire Hathaway are backing Democratic candidates to oppose Donald Trump’s candidates in the GOP.
  • 7 of the top 10 billionaires back Democrats. How could so many people not see that the Democrats are the party of the rich that have corrupted our system?  That’s not to say that every GOP leader was pure. We strive to use a principle of separating the wheat from the chaff, with every source. But as independents, if you compare the two parties, looking at the facts, it becomes obvious that the mainstream media and money are largely with Democrats.
  • In MHVille, if you look beyond MHProNews, at the bloggers and publishers, most of them are bought and paid for by the big money people behind MHI, right?
  • Democrats are trying to buy elections. Billionaires and others are pouring money into Democratic campaigns.
  • That said, even push-polls are starting to reveal the shifting-tide away from candidates like Beto O’Rourke toward conservatives like Ted Cruz who are backing the pro-growth, pro-jobs, pro-independent businesses Trump Agenda.

Forbes estimates that the president’s net worth has dropped about one billion dollars since his election. President Trump has said on the campaign trail, it’s worth the loss of billions if he can help rally the nation so that we the people can together retake our country.

Check out the headline news that documents the facts and trends. There is a steadily growing throng – thousands of manufactured home industry professionals – who read here daily. Pros tell us that they are forwarding emails, and links to articles.

We’re all for wealth honestly earned. We’re all for free enterprise. We are all in on Constitutionally limited government that protects the rights of all and enforces equal justice.

We oppose and will continue to expose through facts, figures, insider tips those who are trying to limit, buy up at bargain prices, our once great Manufactured Home Industry.

ICYMI, see Saturday’s insider tips story, and the one on Friday too.  They are all part of the most read reports in manufactured housing.  We thank you, and our sponsors, for making that possible.

Watch for more special reports in the days ahead. With just over 3 weeks to one of the most important midterms ever in the modern era, now is the time to educate and inform confused or wavering colleagues.  We said in 2016 that Donald J. Trump could win, months before most of the mainstream media got that wrong.  We say now that in 2018, the GOP Congressional allies of POTUS Trump can beat the historic trends, and hold onto the House and Senate. But it takes pros like you to make that a reality.

Investors want certainty.  Under the Trump Administration, pro-growth policies for business, workers and consumers alike have returned.

Faith, flag, family and fortune honestly earned.  Those are among the principles that made America the land of opportunity.  With no further adieu, let’s dive into the headlines that let you learn more, to prepare you for approaching opportunities to earn more.

 

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Saturday 10.13.2018

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Friday 10.12.2018

 

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Thursday 10.11.2018

 

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Risk Taking! Kanye West, Jim Brown, POTUS Trump Oval Office Meeting, Plus MH Market Updates

Manufactured Homes – HUD Called to Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) Remove Zoning, Placement and Consumer Financing Barriers to Manufactured Housing

 

Frank Rolfe. Manufactured Homes and Communities. Industry Politics. It’s Complicated.

 

Wednesday 10.10.2018

 

Performer Taylor Swift, HUD Code Manufactured Homes, Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) PAC Donations, and 2018 Midterms

 

 

Media Claims New Story/ICON Builds 3D Printed Housing for $4000, Fact Check & Analysis

Reminder to Clayton Homes. Cavco Industries, and Skyline Champion Employees

 

Tuesday 10.9.2018

 

 

NBC Video – Federal Authorities Investigating Clayton Homes, Maxine Waters Denounces Lending “Discrimination” Against Minorities

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“Act Now to Help Pass Amendment 2,” Says State Association

 

Monday 10.8.2018

 

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Sunday 10.7.2018

 

It’s Natural – Soccer, Home Town Pride, Lee Greenwood, Patriotism and Manufactured Housing – Sunday Weekly Recap 9.30.2018 to 10.7.2018

 

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Their are still some professionals that tell us they’d rather not see anything political here on MHProNews. We understand and respect that view.  But we disagree, and here’s why.  Warren Buffett and his buddies are highly political.  They debatably use politics to help get what they want for their businesses. Furthermore, placement issues are all about local or state politics.

Ignore political considerations at your own peril.

The manufactured housing industry is marching towards the midterms, now just over 3 weeks away. No one in manufactured housing even comes close to the kind of breadth of coverage for the issues that impact your business. Maybe that’s why we’re number 1. Our sincere thanks to readers like you, our business development clients and sponsors for making it so.

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NBC Video – Federal Authorities Investigating Clayton Homes, Maxine Waters Denounces Lending “Discrimination” Against Minorities

October 9th, 2018 Comments off


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If you thought it was over for Clayton Homes and their Berkshire Hathaway affiliated lending units with federal officials, mainstream media and other sources are telling the Daily Business News on MHProNews that it’s not.

 

 

WBIR, an NBC News affiliate, said Federal authorities are involved in an ongoing investigating of Clayton Homes for possibly discriminatory action against minority borrowers.

 

 

It’s not all a ‘new story’ to MHVille. But it is a continuation of the same or new issues that the Seattle Times, BuzzFeed News, the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Guru Focus, the Nation, and other mainstream media outlets have spotlighted in 2018, or previously.

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This report posted above by a local Tennessee NBC news affiliate doesn’t include Clayton’s denial of the allegation.  But in fairness, other sources have told MHProNews that Clayton later denied the charges.  They said in part that numerous routine audits have turned up nothing.

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But their denial statement is arguably misleading, per other mainstream media, Washington D.C. regulators, and manufactured housing industry sources.

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MHProNews has heard directly from federal officials, as well as private attorneys, that are exploring these issues, as well as antitrust, or other concerns.

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Some have told the Daily Business News that many who have been through such federal investigations or civil procedures already know. These investigations and procedures can take time.

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Rephrased, there can be a quiet before the storm breaks.

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Two Sides of the Clayton Allegations Coin

As MHProNews has said, in America, allegations alone are not proof. Thankfully, in the U.S., one is deemed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law, via a settlement, or plea agreement, etc.

At the same time, the other side of the coin is that Clayton has previously admitted to having paid fines in connection with this ongoing allegations and media scandal.

While denying intent, both Warren Buffett and his colleague at Berkshire Hathaway – Vice Chairman Charlie Munger – have said that they don’t doubt that ‘someone, somewhere has done something wrong.’

 

Berkshire’s Munger’s statement to CNN Money of denial, while admitting in his own words that ‘something indeed could have happened with someone somewhere,’ is posted above.

 

Why It Matters to MHVille

For those who recall the glory days of much higher levels of manufactured home sales, rationale people should ask questions like the following.

  • Why is manufactured housing underperforming?
  • Why is the public perception so poor, in spite of an overall record of quality and home owner satisfaction?
  • Isn’t the steady drum beat of such reports about Clayton or MHI part of the problem?

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Draft EO for Trump Administration AntiTrust Order Obtained by MHProNews

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Longtime manufactured housing industry readers know that the issues of monopoly or antitrust concerns have grown in recent years.  These relate to several sources of perceived antitrust threats that debatably harm independents, consumers, the economy, and others in the industry.

 

There are obviously voices and agendas on each side of the issues that follow. 

President Donald J. Trump, and members of his administration, have increasingly voiced antitrust concerns in the areas surrounding certain tech giants and their perceived bias. That bias impacts the content and news Americans are exposed to in searches and social media feeds.  As Brad Parscale (see linked article further below) and others have argued, that in turn threatens election outcomes, and thus the democratic process. 

The Daily Business News on MHProNews has led the industry’s coverage about such anxieties, along with how it is potentially interrelated to Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway brands, and their alleged efforts to establish a monopoly in manufactured housing.

So, the start of serious antitrust activity by the Trump Administration that aims at Google or Facebook should not be seen as being limited to those subjects alone.  Indeed, the president himself has signaled other possible targets of such anti-monopolistic federal legal actions. 

With that introduction, and noting the linked related reports herein and below, let’s provide the full text of the White House draft of an Executive Order (EO), geared at antitrust action, as provided by Business Insider. Note that the typo below is in the original.  It will be followed with additional commentary, links, and analysis.

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EXECUTIVE ORDER TO PROTECT COMPETITON AND SMALL BUSINESSES FROM BIAS IN ONLINE PLATFORMS 

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and in order to protect American consumers and workers and encourage competition in the U.S. economy, it is hereby ordered as follows:

Section 1. Policy. Online platforms are central to American commerce and the free flow of news and information. Whether reading news or looking for local businesses, citizens rely on search, social media, and other online platforms to provide objective and reliable information to shape a host of decisions ranging from consumer purchases to votes in elections. Because of their critical role in American society, it is essential that American citizens are protected from anticompetitive acts by dominant online platforms. Vibrant competition in the online ecosystem is essential to ensuring accountability for the platforms that hold so much sway over our economy and democratic process. 

[Can expand this section, if necessary, to provide more detail on role of platforms and the importance of competition]

 

Section 2. Agency Responsibilities. (a) Executive departments and agencies with authorities that could be used to enhance competition among online platforms (agencies) shall, where consistent with other laws, use those authorities to promote competition and ensure that no online platform exercises market power in a way that harms consumers, including through the exercise of bias.

(b) Agencies with authority to investigate anticompetitive conduct shall thoroughly investigate whether any online platform has acted in violation of the antitrust laws, as defined in subsection (a) of the first section of the Clayton Act, 15 U.S.C. § 12, or any other law intended to protect competition.

(c) Should an agency learn of possible or actual anticompetitive conduct by a platform that the agency lacks the authority to investigate and/or prosecute, the matter should be referred to the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice and the Bureau of Competition of the Federal Trade Commission. 

(d) Not later than 30 days from the date of this order, agencies shall submit to the Director of the National Economic Council an initial list of (1) actions each agency can potentially take to protect competition among online platforms and address online platform bias; (2) any relevant authorities and tools potentially available to enhance competition among and protect the users of online platforms.

(e) Not later than 60 days from the date of this order, agencies shall report to the President, through the Director of the National Economic Council, recommendations on agency-specific actions in response to paragraphs (d) of this section. Such recommendations shall include a list of priority actions, including rulemakings, as well as timelines for completing those actions.

 

Section 3. General Provisions. (a) This order shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.

(b) Independent agencies are strongly encouraged to comply with the requirements of this order. 

(c) Nothing in this order shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:

(i)   the authority granted by law to a department or agency, or the head thereof; or

(ii) the functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals. 

(d) This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.

 

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Brad Says POTUS Trump is Right: More than Facebook & Twitter, Google Threatens Democracy, Online Freedom

Bloomberg and MHProNews reported last year that one of Warren Buffett’s more significant concerns is supposedly the threat of the breakup of Berkshire Hathaway. That breakup, should it occur, would be under some type of antitrust action, which could be initiated by federal regulators.  It could also involve civil antitrust cases, which can bring up to triple damages for a prevailing party.

Should serious antitrust case(s) occur, as it directly relates to manufactured housing, it would likely be caused by trend lines, facts, and factors such as those linked in the report and related video found in the linked report, below.

 

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

 

Any breakup or other major legal action that targets Berkshire, Clayton Homes, and their lending units would arguably send shock waves through the HUD Code home industry. It would have serious repercussions for the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI), which is widely seen as dominated by Warren Buffett led Berkshire’s MH industry brands.

Antitrust action may create an array of opportunities and activities for others not seen for over a decade in manufactured housing, for reasons that N.Y. Stern Professor Scott Galloway has expressed.

 

 

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It’s “Nihilism,” said Jason Hill, Ph.D., with De Paul University in Chicago.

 

An attack on reason.”

An attack on rational argumentation.”

What is Dr. Hill talking about?

Among other concerns, he believes there is a growing power wielded by tech giants over free speech. If you think this doesn’t matter to MHVille, then ask yourself: do you want someone else controlling what you can or can’t say?  Do you want Google, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or others controlling how or what you say, think on line, and try to do?

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Various news reports have recently made it clear that Google is working with China’s communist government for a censored version of the internet.  What happened to Google’s motto of “Don’t be Evil”?

Twitter and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg have openly admitted that they are more leftist in orientation.

We need to constantly show that we are not adding our own bias, which I fully admit is … is more left-leaning,” Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said Saturday on CNN.  Zuckerberg made his admission on Capital Hill earlier this year, during his testimony, see that linked further below.

There is a growing trend of shadow banning of views online by these tech titan’s operations.

Part of the essence of the problem of our industry is an informational/educational one. When so much of our communications depends on what happens via these platforms, and their owners are manipulating access to speech, will citizens just accept that as ok?

Hill’s discussion with Tucker Carlson is frankly dark, and goes beyond mere tech.  Tucker in this video clearly suggests that the American people need to react, and say that these types of abuses can’t or shouldn’t stand as is.


Near the end of this video, Dr. Hill finally says that people must stand up and say, “No. This is wrong. Free speech has got to be defended.  I’d go so far as to say that even hate speech, so long as it is not an incitement to violence,” has to be defended.

That was precisely the view of the founding fathers of this nation. Let free speech lead to a robust discussion, which in turn would clarify a truth on a given subject.  By contrast, controlled speech is the vision of totalitarians and demagogues. It’s part of what George Orwell warned his readers about in the classic, dystopian novel, 1984.

While the video above is often framing the discussion as a left vs. right issue, the reality is that it is a control over speech issue. Keep in mind the bruhaha just last week, when a Facebook executive’s talk to news professionals drew shocked responses.

 

“Work With Us Or Die,” Threat from Facebook’s Brown, per SUN Report

That Facebook executive’s essential point was that independent news media would die if they don’t work with their social media platform. While Facebook denied that’s what they meant, isn’t their raw power being admitted to, either way?  See that report, linked above.

 

The Solution?

Complaining about a problem without posing a solution is called whining,” said Teddy Roosevelt, America’s 26th President, per Goodreads.

The answer for this problem that Dr. Hill raises?

Perhaps it is what Scott Galloway, of New York Stern’s School of Business has said.

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Galloway believes it is time to break up the tech giants under antitrust laws. Facebook has skyrocketed their lobbying dollars on Capitol Hill this year, hoping to avoid just that sort of outcome. On paper, voices from the political left to the right are among those who think a breakup under antitrust law is just what is needed.  But will there be enough support and moral courage to see that kind of challenge through?

 

NY Stern University’s Scott Galloway on Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg’s Capitol Hill Hearings

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America First, Economic Nationalism, Sycophancy, Presidents and Manufactured Housing’s Future

June 21st, 2018 Comments off

 

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There are millions who find the truth to be uncomfortable.

 

Millions are misinformed about manufactured housing. The obvious answer is education.

Millions don’t know, so they don’t understand just how failed many public policies have been. Millions don’t understand how public policy impacts business and jobs, including those in our industry.

The obvious answer is education.

Hundreds of billions of dollars are pouring back into America.  It is the result of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, combined with regulatory rollbacks.

Those business thwarting, job killing forces of higher taxes and regulations have been tolerated for decades. Presidents John F. “Jack” Kennedy (D) and Ronald Reagan (R) demonstrated the principle that taxes could be dramatically lowered, and business and jobs would be spurred.

That isn’t partisan. Rather, it’s a law, like gravity.

Or as industry success story Marty Lavin succinctly put it in his article on trade, “You get more of what you encourage, and less of what you discourage.”

Factory-built housing industry veterans Tim Connor, and our publisher L. A. “Tony” Kovach have both said similar points to Lavin’s insight.

The point? Once more, education is the key.  A new generation of manufactured housing industry professionals and Americans must be taught what works, and why.

 

Lessons from Seattle’s Head Tax

Higher taxes or higher regulations are business and job killers. These are truths that the Daily Business News has promoted for years, and are being proven – right before the nation’s and our industry’s eyes.

Recently, giant Amazon pushed back hard on Seattle’s head tax, which was passed to pay for homeless programs. Jeff Bezos, the world’s richest man and founder of Seattle based Amazon, did not want to pay that tax, even though he can clearly afford it.  Yet, Bezos favors progressive policies? How does contradiction work in practice?

Warren Buffett and Chase’s Jaime Dimon recently praised on  CNBC the U.S. economic boom as strong. But both are Democratic supporters. Buffett has pointedly put down President Trump for years before he ran for the White House.  Buffett strongly supported Mr. Trump’s opponent, Secretary Hillary Clinton. How does that contradiction work?

Make no mistake.  The evidence is there that billionaires like Buffet, Bezos, Dimon, Soros or others who support so-called progressive or leftist causes know the truth about high taxes and heavy regulations.  It isn’t that Marty Lavin, Tim Connor, or Tony Kovach are smarter or richer than they are.

Some modest level of taxes and regulations are arguably necessary in society.  But excessive taxes and regulations are proven by experience to be destructive. That’s been known for centuries.  So, why do some favor high taxes and high regulations? In a phrase, it’s “political and economic power over their competition.”  Big business can better sustain high taxes and high regulations.

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The Approaching Midterms

Democratic strategists like long-time Clinton adviser Doug Schoen have said that opposition to President Trump can’t be a winning strategy for them.  The evidence of the success of the president’s policies are increasingly strong.

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.”

Keep in mind the lessons of the facts above.  This isn’t about a cult of personality, or party, as some narratives would have you believe.

Rather, it’s about policy principles that are as proven as gravity.  Rephrased, its about education about reality vs. flawed opinions.

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Presidents Then…

Yesterday, the Daily Business News spotlighted then President Gerald Ford’s speech praising what was then the mobile home industry.  The mobile home industry has evolved into the modern manufactured home (MH) industry. There were some principles that were practiced during the Nixon-Ford era, such as wage price controls, that were proven to be public policy failures. The point isn’t that President Ford was great because he was Republican (note: as pro-industry trade publishers, we are political independents).  It isn’t that President Ford was just being nice to our industry.

Rather, it is that President Ford was correct then on some specifically focused items that apply today to manufactured homes.  Those specific principles are as true today as they were back then.  If you missed it, please circle back to the article linked below once you finish this column.  Because the lessons are true, then and now.

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Some Key Themes, Quotes from POTUS Trump’s Duluth Rally

We will never give in.  We will never give up. And we will never, ever stop fighting for our country,” said President Donald J. Trump near the end of his rally last night. “Or for our flag. Or for our freedom,” he said to cheers and applause. Like President Reagan, our 45th president holds different views than he once did on some issues. He evolved over time from some beliefs into America First economic nationalism.

 

It should be noted that President Trump’s call for “a space force” is in some ways an echo of Reagan’s call for the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI), which was mocked then.  SDI was part of what brought the old Soviet Union to the table, and what ended up bringing the Berlin Wall, and the Communist Iron Curtain to a close.

President of the United States (POTUS) Trump seems to have a knack for getting at the heart of an issue. Freedom and peace through strength. He believes that his ‘tariff’ skirmish will result in better trade deals for America. Several of his economic principles are already proving themselves.

As long as we are proud of who we are and what we are fighting for, we will never, ever fail. There is no place like our place,” he said of the U.S.A. With your help, and with your voice, and with your vote,” the 45th president said his reform version of the GOP party “can keep on winning. We will keep on winning.”

We are Americans.  And our hearts bleed red, white, and blue,” said the “America First” president.

We are one people. One family, and one glorious nation under God. And together, we will make America wealthy again. We will make America strong again. We will make America safe again. And we will make America great again. Thank you, thank you Minnesota.”   The president is hoping some of his political supporters will win congressional races in the state, and perhaps flip a U.S. Senate seat or two.

The president narrowly lost Minnesota in 2016, which is a state that has been deep blue for decades.

 

Proven, Pragmatic, Pro-Business and Individual Prosperity Principles

MHProNews has and will continue to stand for proven principles, not spin, hype or political posturing.

This writer editorially supported President Trump, and the presidential campaign site carried my full column for months. Those who came late to the dance are welcome, but the point is that we discerned who the best candidate was for our industry and for our nation – Donald J. Trump – and we backed him during the primaries, after the convention, and have supported his policies since.

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While the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) paid for two pro-Clinton speakers in the closing days before the 2016 election, while MHProNews and 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 and pro-Trump websites.

Our support for President Trump was and is based upon those principles and sound policies.  Those principles work in spite of how someone may feel about this or that presidential tweet, or this or that hyperbolic expression. Proven principles are paying off.

We at MHProNews are pragmatic and practical.  We strive to get facts and principles correct, so that professional readers and investors can have a reliable source of independent information.

This is demonstrably the most pro-industry, pro-sustainable growth publication in manufactured housing history. We are also the runaway #1 publications in our niche.  Those are bold claims.  But third-party data helps proves it. Beyond reader feedback, which of course crosses the spectrum of pro-and-con, traffic or email data tell us that most of our audience respects what we provide. By the way, it was a competitor who asked us to do the report, linked below.

What are the FACTS about Manufactured Housing Industry Traffic vs. Real Estate? MHVillage, MHProNews, Manufactured Housing Institute Data

We at MHProNews are pro-business, and we celebrate success.

That said, there are monopolies that harm our industry.  We believe in principle that those monopolies need to be legally challenged and broken up.  That includes the alleged Berkshire Hathaway monopoly over manufactured housing; but it isn’t limited to them.  Our position is based upon principles.  Other monopolies that need to be addressed are found in the article, linked below.  Each one poses a risk to our industry and the nation.

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NY Stern professor Scott Galloway is arguably correct when he says that breaking up the monopolies would create more millionaires.  A few billionaires may lose some of their vast wealth in the process. But if they are proven guilty of violating antitrust or other laws – as even non-industry sources and MHProNews has alleged – then don’t they deserve what they get?

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Graphic by MHProNews, using information provided by each corporation, or named entities. The cause of the above?  See Smoking Gun 3, and those related documents and videos. Clayton and the top 25 report is linked here.

If you are a first time reader, please see Smoking Gun 3 once you’ve finished this article for documents and videos that demonstrate just how manufactured housing has been arguably derailed.  See how choking off capital debatably harmed thousands of industry businesses, and potentially millions of more manufactured home owners.  That in turn costs taxpayers billions.

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

As we’ve ratcheted up that theme of breaking up the monopolies, the Manufactured Housing Institute’s (MHI) ‘big boy’ backers have demonstrably provided more ads and financial support to the other MH industry trade sources. We’ve had sponsors tell us that they’ve been pressured to back off supporting us.

Thanks to the support of a few, we are still standing. We stand for principles, vs. those who are apparently short-term sellouts.  The industry can only achieve its potential by breaking free of the factors that have artificially suppressed our MH Industry’s growth.

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What was accomplished previously in sustainable shipment levels, can clearly be done again.

Our publisher personally knows each other ‘serious’ non-association trade publisher or blogger active in manufactured housing today. He respects some-to-many of their qualities.  We advocate a separating the “wheat from the chaff” approach. But the sad reality is that each of those other MH bloggers and writers has to various degrees debatably ‘sold out’ to the big money interests. Their articles and writing are often – not always – that of a sycophant.

It is President Donald J. Trump and his supporters that made S 2155 possible.

White House Signing Ceremony on Historic Pro-Growth Financial Regulatory Reform

The National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB), the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) are among those trade groups which have consistently supported tax cutting and/or regulatory reform polices that are good for America, and are good for independent manufactured housing industry businesses.

The president’s rally in Duluth, Minnesota last night hit all of the themes and topics that are hot in the news recently.  Several of the major cable networks did not carry the full address.  The CBS video above covers the President of the United States (POTUS) Donald J. Trump’s talk.

For those who are:

  • realists, open minded, and sustainable growth oriented,
  • for those that don’t already support the president’s plans,
  • those owe it to themselves to take another look.

The truth and applying the truth will alone set people free.

For those who already agree with the above, you get it.  For those who don’t, the growth after just 500 days of Mr. Trump in Oval Office should be evidence.

The opposition uses slanders and slurs, because that’s all that they have.

It should be noted that competitors in publishing in MHVille may or may not agree with the president’s policies.  But in practice, if other writers support what MHI’s ‘big boy backers’ want – admit it or not – then they are routinely on the wrong side of the MH Industry’s issues.

While Frank Rolfe has gone silent – allegedly due to a discussion between Berkshire Hathaway company members, ads, and certain benefits – several of the points he made prior to going silent about MHI were spot on.  Will Rolfe risk losing his support in favor of speaking out again?  Time will tell.

Frank Rolfe: Pressured into Silence? Manufactured Housing Industry, and Journalism

But neither Rolfe nor MHI can erase what that widely known MHI member’s already said on numerous occasions.  We keep track of the evidence and the facts, so that industry professional readers or investors can decide, and act accordingly. 

Neither can MHI ignore the new national association that is forming.  They quit MHI because of the recognition that MHI has failed the industry.

‘Tip of Iceberg’ – Rick Rand; Marty Lavin, Communities have ‘No Confidence’ in Manufactured Housing Institute, New National Trade Group Announced

The evidence is clear for those willing to look at it with an open mind.

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MHI has de facto been working for consolidation.  The case for that allegation is laid out in linked articles and reports. You can see a summary in the first Related Report, linked below.

Note that we’ve repeatedly given MHI and Berkshire brands in MHVille an opportunity to refute any of the facts we’ve presented.  For about 15 months now, they no longer even try to respond. Isn’t that a de facto admission that what we’ve been publishing is correct?

That may be a difficult pill for long-time MHI members or Berkshire believers to swallow, but it is what it is.

Please note, we’ve often made the distinction that just because someone is in MHI, or works for an operation associated with them, that doesn’t make them a bad person. Some state associations and businesses tell us that they have ‘no choice,’ but some of those in MHI are among our sources of information.  They support us as they can.

 

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