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Affordable Housing, Manufactured Homes, Bipartisanship, Bill, Newt, Sexual Scandals, and You

October 5th, 2018 Comments off



It would be a grave mistake to think that bipartisanship is dead.


Earlier this year, Maxine Waters (CA-D)  and Jeb Hensarling (TX-R) worked with each other to pass a bill out of the Financial Services Committee that latter passed the House of Representatives by a wide margin.

Who Says Bipartisanship is Dead? House Passes Massive “JOBS & Investor Confidence Act” S 488 by 406 to 4 Vote


S. 2155 was passed mostly by Republicans, but with some Democrats joining the effort. While missing or hyping some details, the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) is correct in pointing out that there are benefits to our industry in S. 2155.

There are other possible examples of bipartisanship, but those two suffice to make the point.

That said, bipartisan efforts arguably aren’t as common today as they were two decades ago.  The photo at top features Democratic President Bill Clinton with GOP House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R).

If you are under 35 – unless you were an unusually politically-focused teen or youth – you may only know from a historic reference by media of the following, compelling facts.

Bipartisan efforts in the President Bill Clinton (D) Administration worked with a Republican dominated Congress in 1996 and 1998 to pass legislation that:

  • reformed welfare,
  • balanced the budget,
  • passed a key piece of modern manufactured housing legislation,
  • and much more.

As an upcoming special report will feature, Democratic President Bill Clinton, Republican (GOP) House Speaker Newt Gingrich, and others who were part of a cast that passed historic pro-growth, debt/deficit cutting, and pro-manufactured housing legislation. Make sure you are signed up for our emailed news updates so you don’t miss an upcoming special report.


That manufactured housing (MH) legislation is still on the books, but is only partially implemented.  That means it has not been fully applied to the benefit of the manufactured housing industry and consumers alike.

Yet that little-known law could unlock tens to hundreds of billions in business the next decade, if it is properly utilized. Tech gurus involved in factory-built housing say the new housing market is some $330 billion a year. That gives a reader a keen sense of what manufactured home potential is. More of those details about pro-manufactured housing laws another time, but they’re covered in part in the report linked here, which can be read later for greater fact-based insights.  ICYMI, the post below is another example of bi-partisan efforts.

Jeb Hensarling & Maxine Waters Unveil Bipartisan Capital Markets Reform Legislation


The First Takeaways

The first takeaway is that bipartisanship can still happen.  But it arguably isn’t as common as it once was.  The other takeaway is that manufactured housing is poised for tremendous potential profits, but those won’t occur until pragmatic and ethical action occurs.


MH Objectivity

As political independents who are pro-business, pro-consumers, and pro-workers, this industry-leading trade publication looks at facts, evidence, follows the money.  We then seek and present reality, always in search of what is necessary, true, and good. We do so with significant input from informed MH professionals, and the strategic support of a few-long-term thinkers and doers.

Bipartisanship can be good, but only when the legislation or policy is good.

But bipartisanship when a policy is flawed is wrong, period. Majorities don’t create morality. God establishes eternal moral standards. When laws or legislation are good, they comport with the moral norms given by the Creator of all humanity.

Principle of ‘The Lesser of Two Evils,’ and MHVille’s Future


Sexual, Sensationalized, Dirty Politics and Manufactured Housing

In the late 1990s, House Speaker Newt Gingrich worked with President Bill Clinton even as the two major parties sought to outmaneuver each other. President Bill Clinton was fairly accused of numerous sexual scandals.



Clinton had sexual encounters that became widely known.  The photo below spotlight just 4 of them.


The truth sets people free.

Speaker Gingrich himself had an affair while in office during the 1990s, with then Callista Bisek. That affair later resulted in a divorce, and an eventual marriage by Newt of the woman who is now his wife. Callista Gingrich today is the U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican.


Reality is what is. It makes no sense to live life based upon half-truth, spin, deception, or lies.

While bipartisanship was evident in the 1990s, so was manufactured political gamesmanship.

Eighty-four ethics charges were filed by Democrats against Gingrich during his term as Speaker. All were eventually dropped except for one: claiming tax-exempt status for a college course run for political purposes,” says Wikipedia. “…In 1999, the IRS cleared the organizations connected with the “Renewing American Civilization” courses under investigation for possible tax violations.”

Rephrased, Gingrich was publicly smeared with dozens of charges, but in the end, nothing stuck.  Sound familiar?

Nevertheless, “In 1998, Republicans lost five seats in the House,” says Wikipedia… “His [Gingrich’s] private polls had given his fellow Republican Congress the impression that pushing theLewinsky scandal would damage Clinton’s popularity and result in the party winning a net total of six to thirty seats in the US House of Representatives in this [1998] election. The day after the election, a Republican caucus ready to rebel against him prompted his resignation of the speakership. He also announced his intended and eventual full departure from the House in January 1999. When relinquishing the speakership, Gingrich said he was “not willing to preside over people who are cannibals,” and claimed that leaving the House would keep him from overshadowing his successor.”

People can change. But human nature remains the same. We are all people who have our own unique weaknesses.


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It is difficult at best to succeed long-term in business in America today without having at least a basic sense of politics. Much of what happens is for the camera, sound bites, and public impact. Various scandals manufactured for media are used with the idea of manipulating and thereby influencing voters.

Having worked with mainstream media on several occasions spanning over 20 years, this writer can tell you first-hand that stories are routinely ‘framed’ by television and print media to fit a narrative.  That spin may or may not fit all of the facts.

Rephrased, sometimes key information is left out or over-emphasized, which can make a story appear to be plausible or true. In fact, some news is just agenda-driven, manipulative propaganda.

President Clinton remained in office, even though it is widely believed he was guilty of several examples of sexual misconduct.  Those Clinton misdeeds pale in comparison to what Judge Kavanaugh is accused of doing. After 7 FBI investigations, there is no evidence, no corroboration against Judge Kavanaugh. Yet, the slander against Judge Kavanaugh persists.

By comparison, the mainstream media largely gave President Bill Clinton a pass, and there was considerable evidence that spanned years against him.  Then First Lady Hillary Clinton orchestrated the defense of her husband Bill.  She did so by publicly crushing President Clinton’s accusers. For more of an inside, fact-based look at the inner-workings of the mainstream media, see the related reports, further below.

Hillary did her part to deflect the allegations against her husband Bill.  She did so in conjunction with Clinton political operative James Carville.  It was Carville who came up with the troubling line – quoted below – that still haunts manufactured housing to this day.

“Drag a hundred-dollar bill through a trailer park, you never know what you’ll find,” James Carville, Clinton Strategist

People on both sides of the aisle – and those who are a-political – still use Carville’s comment, yet it is deeply offensive to millions.

“’Trailer Trash’? Watch Who You’re Insulting When You Throw Around Those Words” – Buffalo News

It is an example of how politics can make strange bedfellows.

All that said, Speaker Gingrich and President Bill Clinton worked with each other to pass much of Gingrich’s “Contract with America.” The tech revolution was underway in the 1990s. Billionaires today like Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Jeff Bezos, and others were young in their careers in that timeframe. It took time for those tech gurus to evolve to the point that they became fabulously wealthy. They too played, and used, the political and media game.

An important lesson learned from billionaire Warren Buffett is precisely the need to understand history, to be well read, and to think long term.  It is no secret we disagree with much of Mr. Buffett’s machinations. But that doesn’t mean that we should ignore the lessons he has taught, for good-or-ill, to the manufactured home industry.

Buffett’s deeply political.

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Warren Buffett, President Obama, credits Wikipedia.


MHARR, MHI, and State Associations, Working Together

We will look in greater depth in the days ahead to see how:

  • the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR, previously known as the Association for Regulatory Reform – ARR),
  • the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI),
  • and Will Earle of the Texas Manufactured Housing Association (TMHA)

all came together with numbers of other industry pros to work with Speaker Gingrich, Congress, and President Bill Clinton to pass a historic piece of legislation for our then thriving HUD Code manufactured housing industry.


Danny Ghorbani, left – then president of what today is MHARR. Bill Clinton, right. There were numerous industry and political professionals that were involved in the process of making pro-manufactured housing industry legislation come to fruition. Then and now, it will only happen when pragmatic reality guides enough peoples’ thinking and actions.


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


Clarity on reality – then, now, and in the future – is vital for our industry’s revival.

The intriguing back-story to how MHARR, MHI, and what became MHEC give an illuminating “lessons learned” that could make it easier for our industry if understood and applied.

Partisans on both sides of the aisle – including partisans in our industry’s trade associations – must see reality clearly to understand how tens of billions of dollars in annual sales could be achieved in the near term in manufactured housing.

That kind of growth only occurs when local businesses in their local markets do their best, achieving results several times greater than they now are accomplishing.

But that achievement won’t happen absent reality-checks, pragmatism, and the correct next steps.


Fair Warning

The video posted below opens with salty “R” rated language.  We’ll present both the teaser (the ‘trailer’) and the full length video.


The video shows rough-but-real, raw news footage. The video takes viewers on a compelling snapshot of how our future is being shaped. It also suggest how our collective future could become so much brighter.


There’s a highly documented affordable housing crisis. Lawrence Yun, Ph.D. and chief economist for the National Association of Realtors ® says that some 8.3 million housing units are needed.  That’s a sense of the potential manufactured home and other factory builders could be tapping into.

Manufactured homes are arguably best poised to address those needs, because of the two great federal laws, that if fully implemented could open the floodgates for manufactured housing and millions of Americans. To achieve our industry’s amazing potential, more should realize that President Trump, with a GOP House and Senate, could give our industry the brightest period it has ever achieved.

Please skip something else this evening, and make the time to watch the video above. Then kindly share this post and these videos with others. FYI, the video below is quick and industry-focused.


President Donald Trump, HUD Secretary Dr. Ben Carson, Private-Public Partnerships to Solve Affordable Housing Crisis

Once informed, vote wisely in the midterms. Give the 45th President of the United States (POTUS) the support he needs in Congress to make America and our manufactured home industry great again.  He’s promised to enforce the law.  Let’s give him the Congress he needs, and then do as the NFIB and others have, ask him to fully enforce our industry’s two great laws.


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Does the Government have a “Problem with Overspending” Tax Dollars?

September 5th, 2017 Comments off

Featured image credit, CPAPracticeAdvisor.

The federal government does not suffer from a lack of revenue; it has a problem with overspending our hard-earned tax dollars,” per an Op-Ed in The Hill contributed by Jonathan Williams and Alfredo Ortiz.

Jonathan Williams is the chief economist at the American Legislative Exchange Council, and Alfredo Ortiz is the president and CEO of Job Creators Network.

In the op-ed that the above quote comes from, Williams and Ortiz are encouraging Republicans to pass the tax reform that President Trump has been promising. They propose that Republicans pass a bill that would address tax breaks for small businesses and middle-class workers, without making big spending cuts as well.

The president is determined to energize the American economy, especially with the necessary tax cuts for job creators – small businesses all across the country who create 70 percent of all new jobs,” Ortiz said in a statement, per Newsmax.


Image credit, American Legislative Exchange Council.

Job Creators Network will be very vocal and supportive over the coming weeks and months in an all-out effort to ensure small businesses and the country’s hard-working taxpayers get the help they’ve been asking for over so many years.”

Williams and Ortiz suggest that rather than going with a tax reform plan that is based off revenue neutrality, that there would be more success in a plan that was aimed towards deficit neutrality instead.

Revenue Neutrality Vs. Deficit Neutrality

If policymakers adhere to the false revenue neutrality notion that all tax cuts must be matched, dollar for dollar with tax increases so that total revenue stays the same, they create far too many economic losers in the tax reform process and minimize the benefits to the economy. Numerous well-intentioned tax reform efforts have succumbed to that fate,” per The Hill.

They went on to point out that, “Deficit neutral tax changes provide real tax cuts for hardworking taxpayers, and by nature, bring discipline to the spending side of the ledger.”


Image credit, American Legislative Exchange Council.

Advocates of big government will say some federal tax burdens should be increased as a part of “tax reform,” Williams and Ortiz wrote.

However, they go on to point out that academic evidence says otherwise, and that the U.S. Treasury reported that in the first 10 fiscal months of 2017 the federal government collected more than $1.3 trillion.

Fiscal hawks should also be reminded of the fiscal benefits of tax cuts. Keeping more money in communities to be spent on Main Streets and less money shipped off to Washington to be spent on the federal workforce would be a massive economic stimulus.”

They go on to cite a nationwide poll conducted by Job Creators Network, which found that owners of small businesses would use their tax savings to

  • Raise wages,
  • Hire new employees,
  • Or expand their business.

Overall, the economic boost from those tax cuts would end up providing more revenue for the government in the long-run.  That was the case with Democratic President John F. Kennedy’s tax cuts, as well as Republican President Ronald Reagan.

Growing the Public Call for Tax Reform

Job Creators Network is one of the largest grassroots, pro-jobs organizations in the country. They have partnered with Freedom Works for a two weeks-long bus tour as a part of their “Tax Cuts Now” tour, per Breitbart.

During the tour, the goal is to encourage Americans to sign the organizations petition. Signing the petition sends a pre-written letter to Congress, asking them for meaningful tax reform.

Are Republicans Running Out of Time?


Newt Gingrich and Brad Anderson. Image credits, Wikipedia, Dealerscope, MHProNews.

To regain their legislative momentum and keep their majority, Republicans must clearly demonstrate they are fighting for the country’s hardworking taxpayers. This means passing a major tax cut by Thanksgiving — and making it retroactive to the start of this year,” per a USA Today op-ed by Newt Gingrich and Brad Anderson.

Gingrich is a former speaker of the House, and Anderson is the former CEO of Best Buy and a current member of the Job Creators Network.

Their belief is that if Republicans want to keep control of Congress they absolutely must pass a meaningful piece of legislation that benefits American workers before Thanksgiving this year – with the suggested bill being one on tax reform.

Republicans must get on the offensive now and argue not only that hardworking taxpayers deserve a tax cut but also that tax cuts need only be deficit neutral, not revenue neutral, in order to preempt the inevitable attack from the Congressional Budget Office,” Williams and Ortiz wrote.

Tax reform has been a hot topic again in recent weeks. Democratic U.S. Representative Tim Ryan suggested simplifying tax codes and increasing the Earned Income Tax Credit in order to boost the economy.

There has been even more talk of tax reform since President Trump’s speech in Missouri where he said that he “doesn’t want to be disappointed by Congress.”

The National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) has been calling on tax reform that would benefit small businesses and entrepreneurs for a long time.

Many NFIB members are manufactured housing professionals who understand how simplifying the tax code and reducing the amount paid into taxes will benefit both businesses and consumers.


Small business owners and entrepreneurs confidence has been starting to fade with the lack of action on repeal and replace of ObamaCare, the Daily Business News previously reported. Passing a beneficial tax reform bill would certainly be a step in the right direction for the Trump Administration – which must wait on action from Congress on this matter.

We are excited by the Trump Administration’s dedication to the small business owner and the American Dream. If we give tax relief to these job creators we can grow the economy and provide opportunity for millions. These small business entrepreneurs can’t wait any longer. They need tax relief now,” Ortiz said. ## (News, analysis.)

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Clinton Clinches, Sanders Perseveres, Trump Polishes

June 9th, 2016 Comments off

white_house__dc_dot_about_creditHillary Clinton, her win in the California primary officially making her the presumptive Democratic presidential contender learned from her mistakes in the 2008 election when Barack Obama’s team outmaneuvered her. This year her campaign manager, Robby Mook, and Marlon Marshall, director of state campaigns and political engagement, realized the strength of Bernie Sanders’ draw when he raised $25 million last Sept., just $3 million less than Clinton, reports The Washington Post to MHProNews.

They immediately went to work on mapping out a strategy aimed at shoring up the delegate count, realizing that even with the votes likely, the enthusiasm and money flowing into Sanders’ coffers meant he would likely be around for a while—and they were right, perhaps not realizing he would carry his delegates all the way to the convention floor next month, trying to get super delegates to vote for him.

According to newsmax, his staff has been cut in half since Clinton clinched the delegate count, letting go the logistics and field staff members although one current campaign official said some may work in his Senate office, others may return to work at the convention in Philadelphia.

Sanders’ appeal to the young voter, fired up about ending politics as usual, and may not have voted recently, is mirrored in Donald Trump’s appeal to a similar constituency who were also tired of politics-as-usual, felt they had been ignored and may not have voted recently either.

When Cruz dropped out in May, Clinton began operating two campaigns—one for the primary, the other the general election, but Sanders proved difficult, as he came close to winning in the Iowa primary despite arriving late, and he surprised her in Michigan March 8, winning by one-and-a-half points.

At the beginning of May when Trump clinched the delegate count in Indiana for the Republican nomination, Clinton did not want to be dismissive of Sanders, but needed to begin her politics-as-usual campaign against the unconventional style of Trump.

One staff concern was that Trump, having clinched the needed delegates, would become more presidential and change his style, as his chief strategist, Paul Manafort had assured members of the Republican National Committee.

But those fears were allayed when Trump, the night his delegate count hit the magic number, said, “Frankly, if Hillary Clinton were a man, I don’t think she’d get five percent of the vote. The only thing she’s got going is the woman’s card. And the beautiful thing is, women don’t like her. Look how well I did with women tonight.”

Clinton shot back with her often-used line: “If fighting for women’s health care and paid family leave and equal pay is playing the woman card, then deal me in.”

But Clinton cannot count on Trump continuing to stub his toe. He is very tough, and her campaign has to assure that Trump will not take votes away from her.

As Karen Tumulty tells MHProNews, “Clinton has already made history by locking up the nomination. And she has shown that she can learn from her own mistakes. Now comes the biggest chance of all, and this time, there will be no margin for error.”

Meanwhile, CNN news anchor Jake Tapper led a panel discussion Tuesday, June 7 in which he alleges reporters are treating Clinton with kid gloves on the eve of her capturing the Democratic nomination, while Donald Trump gets the tougher questions. Trump supporter Kayleigh McEnany said reporters were throwing softballs at Clinton. The Washington Free Beacon reports one third of reporters’ question dealt with her making history, and one even said, “People just come up to you and they get tears in their eyes. Do you feel the weight of what this means for people.” Boo-Hoo.

Tapper, noting the media claims that they are fair, says, Would the argument of reporters not be stronger if these ridiculously sycophantic questions that were asked of Hillary Clinton yesterday …would not that argument be stronger?” Tapper asked.

Newt Gingrich says Trump can beat Clinton if he remains focused and disciplined, “He’s going to be very formidable, and he’s going to beat Hillary very badly this fall.” Appearing on Fox News Channel’s Hannity, Gingrich said his speech Tuesday night was very presidential. “It was thoughtful. It’s what people want from a president,” and it is “a very big step in the right direction.”

Gingrich has been named as a possible running mate for Trump, although he has criticized him in the past, including his calling the judge in the Trump University case unfair.

She will not recover if she’s caught up in a big-issue election with a disciplined Donald Trump. They won’t be in the same league,” says Gingrich.

MHProNews notes that Trump promises to end Dodd-Frank, which gave birth to the CFPB and its choke-hold on free speech (the so-called MLO rule). CFPB regulations has driven out lending on the least expensive manufactured housing.  Clinton promises to keep Dodd-Frank, and will resist changes such as HR 650/S 682.  For a related report on Richard Cordray and pending industry legislative efforts, click here. Both candidates are promising major speeches and policy positions in the days ahead. ##

(Photo credit: dc.about-the White House, Washington, D. C.)

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Gingrich Would Repeal Dodd-Frank; Romney Courts MH Seniors

January 31st, 2012 Comments off

Republican Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney campaigned in The Villages in Ocala, Florida, the largest age restricted active adult community in the world, 55 and better, with nearly 75,000 homes spanning three counties. The Villages website depicts numerous manufactured homes among the housing options. has been informed it is a land lease community (LLC), but also has site-built homes on leased land. Meanwhile, Newt Gingrich crisscrossed the state in search of votes, and appearing on C-SPAN today said on day one as president, given a Republican House and Senate, he would ask Congress to repeal Dodd-Frank and Obamacare. He says they are “choking American business.” Dodd-Frank contains provisions harmful to the MH industry. has also learned the Great Southwest Home Show in Tulsa, Oklahoma, may invite presidential candidates to the March 1-4  show.

Photo credit: Scott McIntyre/NaplesNews–Newt Gingrich at Page Field, Fort Myers)


Road to Housing Recovery Lengthening

December 6th, 2011 Comments off

A CNNMoney article by Joshua Steiner and Allison Kaptur warns prospective real estate investors that the rosy 2012 forecast for the housing market has two pronounced thorns. The first is less than five percent of the mortgage purchase volume is in the hands of private investors. Support for the housing market from the government is very near its limit. But without that support, private lenders will seek higher down payments and less credit risk, which will decrease demand and cause home prices to fall more. Falling prices will turn investors away, creating a downward spiral. Secondly, the Obama administration is not currently promoting new housing initiatives. Both leading Republican contenders, Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney, say the housing market needs to hit bottom and clear on its own. The authors note the failed leverage of the National Association of Realtors (NAR), the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), and the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) to get increased GSE loan limits extended suggests the government may have reached its housing industry support limit.