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First of Two Night Democratic 2020 Presidential Debates Ahead, Videos, Facts

June 26th, 2019 Comments off

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The lineup for the first two prime-time Democratic Presidential debates of the 2020 cycle, per CNN, are as follows.

 

The Wednesday debate will feature:

·        Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts

·        Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke of Texas

·        Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey

·        Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro

·        Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii

·        Washington Gov. Jay Inslee

·        Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota

·        Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York

·        Former Rep. John Delaney of Maryland

·        Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio

The Thursday debate will feature:

·        Former Vice President Joe Biden

·        Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont

·        Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana

·        Sen. Kamala Harris of California

·        Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York

·        Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado

·        Author Marianne Williamson

·        Rep. Eric Swalwell of California

·        Businessman Andrew Yang

·        Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper

President Donald J. Trump said today he too would tune it, although he quipped that it would be ‘boring.’

The Daily Business News on MHProNews did several campaign and political influence related reports, which explain why this – and every – election is important.

Keep in mind that many politicians, while they prefer getting your vote, are happy to have you NOT vote if that vote might go against them. For example, freshman Democratic Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) is in Congress today in good measure because of low voter turnout, which allowed her to upset a fellow Democratic incumbent.

MHProNews will be tuned in tonight, just as we tuned into the President’s campaign kickoff rally.  MHProNews will be your top news source for manufactured housing related election coverage once more during the 2020 election cycle. We’ll give you facts that others routinely won’t bring to your attention.  See the related reports, further below the byline for more.

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“We can’t just be the party of redistribution of wealth,” Cong Tim Ryan, D-OH

August 30th, 2017 Comments off
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We can’t just be the party of redistribution of wealth … we’ve got to be the party of creation of wealth,” U.S. Representative Tim Ryan (D-OH) said recently on MSNBC‘s Morning Joe.

The full interview is in the video below.

During the Morning Joe interview, Ryan discussed several topics. But the headline quote is one that drew more attention.

Telling the Democrat base that they can’t “be the party of redistribution of wealth” is like telling water not to be wet,” per the Canada Free Press.

The Daily Business News has examined the facts on economic and political freedom for some time. Some recent examples mean understanding why single-payer healthcare is not going to be an improvement on ObamaCare, and why raising the minimum wage won’t save the economy.

We have to say, look, we’re the party to be able to handle the economy in the 21st century. We have the convergence of so many different elements happening right now – globalization, automation, artificial intelligence, all of these different other opportunities within the economy. And right now, I don’t think either political party has quite gotten their hands around it,” Ryan said in the interview.

With the rate at which technologies like artificial intelligence (AI) are growing, it raises great challenges that must be met.

Figuring out early on how to balance the use of technologies like AI, human workers, and the desire to encourage development will be important to keeping the economy and society stable in the future.

This is one of many reasons why Elon Musk, among others believe that AI should be regulated long before it can become a problem. Some, like Jack Ma, believe that the next industrial boom will cause such a huge economic divide that we could see World War 3.

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The Republicans Favorite Democrat?

Along with admitting that the Democratic Party needs to focus on creating wealth, rather than redistributing it, Ryan also touched on a key issue to improving the economy.

That key issue? Reforming the tax codes.

Tax cuts that benefit corporate taxes is one of the numerous issues that Democrats and Republicans don’t see eye-to-eye on. This is ironic, as the Rev. Donald Tye, Jr. is among those who have observed that President John F. Kennedy (D) and Ronald Reagan (R) both reformed the tax code, cut taxes and boosted the economy.

However, Ryan gained a lot of attention after his interview, after stating, I think we need to simplify the tax code. I think we need to lower the corporate tax rate. We can’t just be the party of redistribution of wealth. We’ve got to be the party of creation of wealth.

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Ryan’s thoughts on tax code prompted a new ad from American Action Network called “Agree” which featured the U.S. Representative and his opinion on tax reform.

When it comes to reforming America’s outdated tax system, top Democrats agree,” says a narrator in the ad.

I appreciate this organization wanting to highlight my desire for comprehensive tax reform that simplifies the tax code, promotes growth, creates new wealth, and closes loopholes,” Ryan said in response to the American Action Network ad, per the Washington Post. “But let me be clear: making our corporate tax rate more globally competitive is important, but it is just one aspect of meaningful reform we need.”

He went on to say, “Any debate about tax reform must balance a competitive corporate tax rate with provisions that encourage corporate responsibility through higher taxes on capital gains and dividends as well as increased capital investment in America’s workforce.”

Ryan also proposed a $1 trillion expansion of the Earned Income Tax Credit – which he says would put thousands of dollars in the hands of hardworking American’s to help boost the economy.

Will One Democrat’s Understanding Spread?

As it stands now, much of what Ryan has said goes against a lot of what the Democratic Party stands for.

While the party usually focuses their efforts into social programs to “help” the working poor, Ryan realizes that there is more to it than simply providing assistance that has the potential to trap people and keep them dependent.

Reform of the tax code is one of many issues that is a high priority to helping improve the U.S. economy. The National Federation of Small Businesses (NFIB) says that tax reform is essential if Congress wants to see small businesses investing in the economy.

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Tax reform, as industry professionals know, would make a significant impact on the economy in so many areas.  Just the promise of tax reform has helped the markets soar.  Just today, a revised Gross Domestic Product (GDP) has hit 3 percent growth for the quarter.  Tax reform, said the president today in Missouri, could create ten trillion dollars in economic growth over the next decade.

Will one Democrats and Republicans come together on this issue, and convince others that there is more to boosting the economy than redistribution of wealth through social programs? ## (News, analysis.)

(Note: In the video, Ryan is asked if he is considering a 2020 run for president, to which Ryan answered that he, as well as most, are more focused on 2018 right now.)

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Keith Olbermann on Trump Supporters – Industry Reacts – When “Trailer Trash” Isn’t What You Think

April 25th, 2017 2 comments
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In what is quickly becoming known as the “tweet heard ‘round the manufactured housing world,” former ESPN and MSNBC host Keith Olbermann’s reference to President Donald Trump supporters — former Presidential candidate Sarah Palin and musicians Ted Nugent and Kid Rock during their White House visit — as “trailer park trash” has set off a fire storm.

It is amazing to me that any media person can stereotype millions of Americans without being worried about their career being at stake,” said Frank Rolfe.

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Controversial tweet by GQ’s anti-Trump shock jock, Keith Olbermann.

In today’s politically correct world, why is it acceptable to use such a derogatory term as “trailer park trash“?

Rolfe opens up another potent question with his statement: why does it seem that some “get a pass” by the mainstream media, when others do not?

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Newscasters and journalists are losing their careers over the use of every other insulting slang term — however minor — simply from special interest groups threatening to boycott the advertisers. So why is ‘trailer trash’ the one insulting term in the U.S. that you can use without any fear of reprisal? Is it because the average American feels it’s true,” asks Rolfe, “thanks to the consistent negative portrayal of the industry in the media?”

Those in the industry know that there are some terrible properties out there, but they are a tiny fringe group of the 44,000 communities in the U.S. The average manufactured home community resembles a traditional subdivision — sometimes nicer than the surrounding subdivisions. We can only change the ‘trailer park trash’ stereotype by convincing the general public that the term is unfair and offensive and not a statement of fact,” Rolfe told MHProNews.  

He added, “That would generate a grassroots movement to protest the term aggressively and that, in turn, would scare the media away from ever using it again. If any journalist who uttered the phrase “trailer park trash” immediately lost their job, then it would disappear overnight.”

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Rolfe’s Not Alone…

And, Rolfe is far from alone in his feelings.

It’s an absolute disgrace that this pejorative (“Trailer Park Trash”) somehow remains ‘socially acceptable’ among the politically correct elite and their mouthpieces,” said MHARR President & CEO, M. Mark Weiss, JD.

People like Olbermann, who routinely slam others over alleged ‘micro-aggressions’ and other fabricated nonsense, would do well to show proper and decent respect for the millions of hard-working Americans who are able to own a home of their own because of the unequalled affordability of manufactured homes located either in — or outside of — manufactured home communities,” Weiss said to MHProNews.They, and a lot of other Americans living in the heartland of the country, deserve better than this type of arrogant slander.”

A Moment of Personal Commentary, by RC Williams, OK’d by the Editor…

As a writer who covers the manufactured housing industry – and also happens to be black – I wondered out loud today if Olbermann would have received the same “atta boys” and backslaps from his echo chamber if he would have used terms like “ghetto urchin,” “welfare queen,” or “wetback beaner” to describe hard working White, Black or Hispanic Americans?

There isn’t anything wrong with disliking a person, or having a different political, or policy perspective.  Such may be the case with Olbermann when it comes to Palin, Nugent and Kid Rock.  But Olbermann seems to be acting like a junior kid who didn’t receive discipline when he was young – and thinks it’s OK to do or say whatever he wants.

Journalism requires research, and respect, to build credibility. Olbermann seriously put his into question with his comments, and offended millions in the process.

Perhaps lacking sound arguments against the economic progress already being made by the Trump Administration, Olbermann resorts to what weak minds turn to — cheap insults and ad hominem attacks.

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Community Owners Sound Off

Mari Blaquiere and Todd Lamb of Lamb Investments, are among the many who provided on-the-record comments to MHProNews from community owners on this issue.

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Lamb views the situation as partisan hypocrisy.

Wow!! Keith Olbermann should be careful. I’m sure he knows that God humbles the proud, and gives grace to the poor,” said Lamb.

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This is a perfect example of the hypocrisy from the left. They demand and cry for ‘political correctness’ from the GOP and Christians, but then turn around and place themselves in the judgment seat (which should be reserved for God alone – Duet 32:35) by using the term ‘Trailer Park Trash.’”

Lamb continued.

Some of the most joy-filled, hard-working and good people that I have had the privilege to know live in Manufactured Home Communities. I’m sure they would not appreciate his terminology, or Olbermann’s judgment on two Rockers and Sarah Palin.”

It really is shocking to see the left-wingers squirm when they are not in power,” Lamb said. “A reminder to all Conservatives:Pray for Donald Trump, the President is under constant attack.’”

Not All Will Speak Up – On or Off the Record – To Defend the Industry and It’s Homeowners

MHProNews asked Kevin Borden of MHAction for a comment, giving him an opportunity to defend the industry’s homeowners.

Silence.

As with Borden, and also after more than 48 hours, a request was made to the senior staff at the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) for their reactions. Top staff and their communications director…were all equally silent, as if to prove Frank Rolfe’s previous point on their unwillingness to engage the media.

MHProNews will continue to monitor MHI’s responses, if any, and provide follow up from this as warranted. ##

(Editor’s Note: As our primary Daily Business News writer, RC Williams’ mission is reporting, not commentary. It’s a mission that management feels he does well – and the industry has responded to his writing with an ever larger audience. In this case, Wiliams was given the OK to share his personal thoughts on this highly charged issue, which MHProNews thanks him for offering – instead of just sounding off without warning. That’s a team player.)

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POTUS Speech: Public, Media, Markets Applaud

March 2nd, 2017 Comments off
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Leading up to his speech to a joint session of Congress Tuesday evening, many were curious as to exactly how President Donald Trump would approach the moment and what his message would be.

Post speech, the responses, and where they came from, were quite interesting.

This will be a very well-received speech for Donald Trump,said MSNBC commentator Rachel Maddow.

I think it’s fair to say it’s a product of expectations that he’s not seen as somebody who necessarily gives a good formal speech.”

According to The Hill, media analysts estimate 40 million to 45 million people watched the address Tuesday night.

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He said from the beginning he was going to speak from his heart, and I certainly think he did that,said Gayle King of CBS This Morning.

I thought it was by far the best speech I’ve ever heard Donald Trump give,” said Chris Wallace of FOX News.

It was one of the best speeches in that setting I’ve ever heard any president give.

 

Polling from CBS News showed that viewers nationwide strongly approved of the President’s speech, with many Democrats joining Republicans in calling it “presidential” and positive in tone.

The polls also showed Republicans and Independents found the speech “unifying,” and the President gained support for his policy plans among viewers on the economy, immigration, terrorism, crime and Obamacare.

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While half of Democrats reportedly found the speech “divisive,” about one-third of them also said President Trump was “specific” and “knowledgeable” in his speech, and there is agreement across party lines that he is trying to do what he said he’d do during the campaign.

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During the speech, commentators, along with the Daily Business News, noticed the divide amongst the Democratic and Republic sides of the chamber. While this is usually standard fare, it should be noted that even in the moments where the President spoke about unity across party lines, that only a handful of Democratic representatives acknowledged the need.

 

 

The Markets Respond 

According to CNBC, President Trump’s speech hit a cord with the markets, as U.S. equities surged to all-time highs yesterday, with the Dow, S&P 500 and NASDAQ all posting their best days of the year.

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The major positive from the speech is he delivered on his ‘America first’ message, but he did so in a positive and uniting way,” said Zhiwei Ren, portfolio manager at Penn Mutual Asset Management.

If his message of ‘America first’ can succeed, this could be positive for the economy” in the near term.

The Dow finished the day up 303 points, with the NASDAQ, S&P 500 and Russell 2K index, and indicator of small and mid cap stocks, all gaining over one percent.

The speech’s tone has gone a long way for the market,” said Quincy Krosby, market strategist at Prudential Financial.

It assuaged fears that his agenda was not going to be able to be passed.

 

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As Daily Business News readers are aware, a growing economy and more jobs, less regulations, and proposed changes to Dodd-Frank and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), are all reasons for Industry Optimism with respect to President Trump.

The Trump Administration has made it absolutely clear that one of its key priorities will be to reduce baseless regulatory burdens on American businesses that needlessly increase the cost of American products and undermine job creation,said MHARR President and CEO M. Mark Weiss.

Dr. Ben Carson, whose up/down vote as HUD Secretary is expected within the next few days, has been warmly greeted by MHARR, MHI and MHProNews, as a leader who grasps the manufactured housing industry’s importance to the realization of the American Dream.

I do see manufactured housing playing an important role in providing affordable housing in rural areas. I think it’s important to ensure HUD’s policies promote access to this valuable resource,” said Carson.

MHProNews and MHLivingNews publisher L.A. “Tony” Kovach penned an open letter to Dr. Carson, which is linked here.

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Dirty Water

October 2nd, 2012 Comments off

Widespread environmental management problems at 73 manufactured home communities led to the imposition of a $1,339,000 penalty for violating state and federal clean water and waste treatment statutes. All the communities are connected to Frank Perano of Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, who has signed a consent decree to pay, pending court approval and a 30-day public comment period. The result of a multi-year investigation found 5,200 violations of state and EPA drinking water and sewage standards in 45 communities in Delaware, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. The various corporations of Perano have been cooperative, according to investigators, and have agreed to the required upgrades. As MSNBC tells MHProNews, a third-party environmental consultant will periodically perform quality control audits at the communities to assure compliance.

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Cavco’s Revenues Spiked Grandly, but……..

June 27th, 2012 Comments off

MSNBC tells us Seth Jason at The Motley Fool says he judges company performance by comparing inventory increases to revenue increases: if inventory expands faster than sales, it could indicate a problem, one which he suggests may be happening at Cavco Industries. Trailing 12-month revenue rose 157.9% while inventory increased 288.2%. When comparing the most recent quarter to the same quarter last year, revenue grew 156.3% and inventory rose 288.2%. But the sequential quarterly period saw revenue fall 13.1% and inventory drop only 0.1%. In addition, Jason notes the type of inventory—raw materials, work-in-progress, and finished goods—may be telling. A large increase in finished goods inventory may mean product is not selling well. MHProNews has learned at Cavco, on a trailing 12-month basis, finished goods inventory grew the fastest, increasing 1,023.6%. On a sequential-quarter basis, work-in-progress inventory grew the fastest, increasing 19.1%. The author does caution that numbers cannot tell the whole story: Call the company’s investor relations for a more thorough accounting. Cavco is one of the largest manufacturers of manufactured and modular housing in the U.S. Cavco’s stock gained 4.23% in today’s trading.

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Moody’s Adversity Index Pinpoints Weak Areas

June 15th, 2012 Comments off

MSNBC reports the Adversity Index from Moody’s Analytics says the economy improved in all regions of the nation, and though not one state remains in recession, 44 of the 50 are recovering at a snail’s pace. Two states, Alaska and North Dakota are in steady recovery, but five—Rhode Island, Wisconsin, Mississippi, Illinois and Maine could slip back into recession. The index is based on in changes in jobs, housing starts, industrial production and home prices through April 2012. Of the nation’s 384 metropolitan areas, 90 percent are in modest recovery. The number of metro areas still in recession in April was the lowest since July 2011. The index lists 21 metro areas in steady expansion, 76 at risk of slipping into recession, and 14 in unrelenting recession. MHProNews has learned the remaining 242 metropolitan areas are slowly improving. For a complete listing, click here.

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Students’ MOD Project Becomes Community Event

May 18th, 2012 Comments off

Over 18 months of hard work by 200 students from Carroll County High School in southwestern Virginia has resulted in a modular home for a needy family, and a great sense of accomplishment for the students. While the CCHS Building Trades classes did the manual labor, the Culinary Arts Dept. provided food for community fundraiser meetings, the drafting dept. helped draw plans, and the media class developed materials and presentations. This was the initial project for the Greater Carroll County Area of the Fuller Center for Housing, as MSNBC tells MHProNews.com. Instructor Rusty Warren says the first year they worked on the house, and this school year they have been preparing the site. As the house was being sited, senior Megan Whitaker said it was like an early graduation present. Junior Chase Stevens said, “It feels great. It’s going to help a lady get her kids back and we get a great sense of accomplishment from that.” Much of the labor and materials were donated by area businesses, including Jeff Reynolds of Affordable Log Homes.

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Homeownership at 1997 Levels

February 1st, 2012 Comments off

Open House Sign, Eric Miller PhotoFrom Housingwire, MHProNews.com learns that the homeownership rate is now at 65.5 percent, a new low. The last time the rate was that low was 1997. Also from the report, vacant units that were held off market comprised 5.4 percent of the total housing stock. Of these, 1.7 percent were for occasional use, 1 percent were temporarily occupied by persons with a usual residence elsewhere, and 2.7 percent were vacant for a variety of other reasons. In a related article at MSNBC, who took another look at the report, the number of houses occupied by renters rose faster than the pace of new vacancies created by homeowners moved out. The number of housing units occupied by renters rose by 749,000 in the fourth quarter of 2011 compared while 91,000 fewer homes were owner-occupied.

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