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“Street Fighter,” “Going to War”

September 11th, 2017 Comments off
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Steve Bannon, credit, CBS 60 Minutes.

The Trump Administration’s self-described “street fighter” is now unleashed, or so says Steve Bannon to CBS’ 60 Minutes. 

Bannon says he is now free to fight for the president from outside of his administration. He resigned last month.

Bannon was President Trump’s Chief Strategist for a variety of reasons.  He’s media savvy, bold, and believes in a populist, America First, economic nationalism.

The right-wing firebrand shrugs off allegations from his detractors of racism.  Breitbart gleefully points to Harvard’s recent finding that confirms that by saying, they are not alt-right.

Bannon is now back with Breitbart, where he says he will be “going to war” to fight for President Trump, who he called a “great counterpuncher,” and “a fighter.”

Bannon blasts Republican leaders Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell.

These two CBS video clips from the 60 Minutes interview posted above give industry pros a flavor of Bannon’s ‘insider’ views on the pre-and-post election campaign and how things are working in Washington.

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Breitbart is near the top right on the chart above. Full Measure’s Sharyl Attiksson’s media bias chart is useful in sorting out the thinking and agendas behind various headlines and news sources. Alexa ranks Breitbart at #56 of all websites in the U.S.

Those insights may prove useful to sizing up what is actually going on for those seeking to move agendas in the DC “swamp.”  (News, analysis.)

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Financial Choice Act, with MHI Bill, Heading to Floor Vote, Outlook, Analysis

June 8th, 2017 Comments off

JebHensarlingGOPFinancialServicesTheHillDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsThe Financial Choice Act, what some are calling version 2.0, passed out of the House Financial Services Committee in May on a partisan line vote, 34-26.

Financial Choice is back in the news, as the full House takes up the measure.

A Google search on Financial Choice Act 2017 brings up tens of millions of results.  Depending on the media outlet you pick, the news or editorializing paints the bill to be either grand, or a horror, for businesses and consumers.

Partisan Politics, 2017

The Hill reports Maxine Waters, ranking Democrat from CA saying, “The ‘Wrong Choice’ Act is a vehicle for Donald Trump’s agenda to get rid of financial regulation and help out Wall Street. It’s a deeply misguided measure that would bring harm to consumers, investors and our whole economy. The bill is rotten to the core.

By contrast, House Speaker Paul Ryan, (R-WI) said at a press conference Wednesday, “This legislation comes to the rescue of Main Street America.”  Ryan called the bill “the crown jewel” of the GOP deregulatory agenda. “The Financial CHOICE Act makes it possible for small businesses across this country to stop struggling and to start hiring.”

MHI’s Attached Bill to Financial Choice

The Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) celebrated several weeks ago that their Preserving Access bill was attached to the act, and thus passage of the act would mean passing their bill.

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Lesli Gooch. Credit: MHI.

MHI’s Lesli Gooch’s May 4 email to members said in part, “MHI’s efforts to pass the Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act are multi-pronged. The association is seeking opportunities to move the legislation through the regular legislative process and is also seeking opportunities to attach the language to other legislative vehicles that are moving. MHI’s goal is to ensure the needed changes contained in the bill to make financing available for manufactured housing are passed into law as soon as possible. Inclusion of the language in the Financial CHOICE Act is a critical milestone, and an example of MHI’s comprehensive strategy.”

What’s missing from their self-proclaimed “compressive strategy,” as regular Daily Business News readers know was the opportunity to sign onto the PHH vs. CFPB case with an amicus brief.  When MHProNews specifically raised the strategy for an amicus brief with MHI, how could that option have been overlooked?

The “10,000 grassroots contacts” MHI’s Gooch crows about, where is that heading?

The Preserving Access bill (version 4.0 – 2017’s version is dubbed HR 1699), is sponsored by Garland ‘Andy’ Barr, Republican from Kentucky’s 6th Congressional district.  Barr has spoken as a true believer in manufactured homes, and one of his speeches in favor of manufactured homes is covered in a video and article, linked here.

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Gooch notes in the message to MHI members that: “Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act, is bipartisan legislation introduced by Reps. Barr (R-KY), Sinema (D-AZ), Poliquin (R-ME), Sewell (D-AL), Kustoff (R-TN), and Rice (D-NY). The companion bill for the Senate is expected to be introduced soon.”

What is it that their allegedly weaponized messages to members fails to mention, again?

Uh, Oh…

The challenge with the Financial Choice Act – even from the perspective of supporters – remains the same as was previously reported on the Daily Business News about Preserving Access.  The odds of passage of the HR 1699 bill, per GovTrack is 1%, which today cites Skopos Labs as their source for their estimate.

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What about the Financial Choice Act’s odds of passage?

GovTrack reports those odds are better, but are still a weak 14% chance of being enacted, again per Skopos Labs.

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So while the Financial Choice Act is expected to pass in the House, what are the odds in the Senate?

MHIGotCloutWheresTheBeefMHProNewsThe Collingswood Group, what sources tell us is a DC think tank and lobbying shop, state they expect the Financial Choice Act – and thus MHI’s rider attached to it – to pass the House.  But the bad news is that Collingswood likewise expects the bill to die in the Senate too, just as GovTrack reports.

Will MHI alert their dozens of industry members, getting ready to fly into Washington, DC to hear about all that MHI is doing on this front, about those facts?  Or will they instead send out a “Housing Alert,” once the bill passes the House – touting that “success” as they’ve done previously?

Do MHI members deserve the truth, the whole truth, or are they guilty of what they accused Ohio Governor John Kasich of, telling only half truths, or worse?  Do the principles MHI applied to the governor, apply to themselves?

By-Bye Baby…

While MHI has made their primary focus the passage of Preserving Access,  the $15 million dollars spent over the past 5 years – not counting PAC dollars – certainly went to places like salaries (of which Jennison, Gooch and her predecessor have made about $2.5 million in compensation over the past 5 years, per data MHI filed via form 990).

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Lance Inderman, credit, MHProNews.

Industry success and veteran, Lance Inderman, prior chairman of the Texas Manufactured Housing Association (TMHA), told MHProNews that:

It’s my personal opinion that we have incrementally given up every bit of financial freedom we had. Dodd Frank was a big increment, along with ObamaCare. I’m of the opinion that giving up key parts of the reform to get a “win” for posterity makes no sense.”

Inderman elaborated by saying, “We need to keep educating the populace and Congress on the facts that we [in manufactured housing] compete on a different price point, and therefore a different finance scale with their multi million dollar ocean front homes, paid for by their donors.”

Bob Crawford, multiple award winning retailer of historic Dick Moore Housing, told MHProNews that, state associations “do a great job.” But Crawford told MHProNews that he gives MHI at best “a 5 out of 10“ in their effectiveness.

As one source with deep ties to MHI told MHProNews,MHI is acting like a secret society, with only the inner circle fully informed, and most other members trusting them, following in good faith, or unable to effectively protest or even question leadership.”

Award winning industry veteran, L.A . “Tony Kovach asks, “Why does MHI’s tight band at the top allegedly want only their side of the story told to the industry? Why have they threatened MHProNews with legal action for providing documents given to us – in many cases, by their members – or for reporting to the industry on issues such as DTS, Preserving Access, pending DOE energy standards, and others?”

A link to a comparison between MHI and MHARR their self-stated mission and budgets, per their 990s, is found here.

A link to an analysis of Richard “Dick” Jennison and Lesli Gooch’s compensation, is found here.

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Marty Lavin, JD.

As dozens of MHI members prepare to fly into Washington, D.C. to listen to lectures by MHI staff on all they are doing, consider the words of MHI award winner, Marty Lavin.

Lavin has often said, “follow the money,” and “pay more attention to what people do” …and accomplish… “than to what people say.” ##

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Judgment Day for CFPB

Source – Manufactured Housing Institute Violated Law, Conflict of Interest?

Faked, Weaponized News Harms Manufactured Housing Homeowners, Professionals?

Richard Jennison, Lesli Gooch, Worth Millions to MHI Industry

Hot New, Different, Regulatory Topic that MHI is Missing a Key Point On (HUD, Pam Danner), linked here.

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ObamaCare Snarl, Can Trump Work Magic? Possible Back-to-the-Future Medical Solution

March 15th, 2017 Comments off
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As one of the consummate dealmakers in American history, President Donald Trump is working to pull out all the stops to get a “repeal and replace” solution for ObamaCare done.

With the plan recently put forward by House leadership, led by Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), many are saying that it is likely dead on arrival when it comes to a vote in the Senate.  It faces hurdles in the House too.

While some might be frayed at the thought of a battle such as this, President Trump has gone on the offensive, and turned on the charm.

Beginning with a call to Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), who joined forces with the conservative House Freedom Caucus last month to deliver their own version of an ObamaCare replacement, President Trump got to work.

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Senator Rand Paul. Credit: Bloomberg.

I think we’re wooing each other,” said Paul. “The president sounded open to my ideas.

While his predecessor was more reserved and reclusive in dealing with lawmakers, President Trump has drawn compliments from many corners.

Trump was talking about how we all got to work together, said Representative Tom Cole of Oklahoma, who was part of a group that met with the President recently.

He even said at one point, ‘Maybe we should meet once a week. Maybe we should meet every four days!’”

According to Bloomberg, even a former Republican presidential competitor and critic sees that there’s a desire to make progress.

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Paul Ryan walks though his plan to replace Obamacare. Credit: 10 News.

He’s in a deal-making mode,” said previous GOP rival, Senator Lindsey Graham.

He’s conservative but he’s not ideological. Most of these deals around here fall apart because of ideological objections. There’s actually a chance for President Trump to do things you could never get another Republican to do.

A Combination Solution for Healthcare?

 

In the video above, Dr. Josh Umbehr of Atlas MD, discusses a potential “best option” for ObamaCare repeal and replacment in terms of controlling costs and providing cost-effective services.  Umbehr’s co-op model that has already been proven in their clinic, and many others who are doing something similar.

For additional insight on this plan and how it would work in combination with the proposed health plan from the Freedom Caucus, MHProNews reached out to a respected MD about the concept.

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Dr. David Murdock. Credit: Healthgrades, where patients rated him 5 out of 5 stars.

I’ve always liked this type of practice. It doesn’t include hospital care or specialty care, but that could be covered by the catastrophic insurance with a large deductible,” Dr. David Murdock, a cardiologist from Wausau, WI, said to MHProNews when asked about this practice. “If I was a primary doctor, I would push this for my patients.”

Murdock explained that this proven medical care system was a case of back-to-the-future.

That’s actually a return to the way medical care was done in the years before Medicare and widespread insurance,” Murdock said. “It’s not new, it’s a return to how it worked well in the past.

You can see the built in mechanism to contain cost,” said Murdock.

For more on Obamacare and its impact on the manufactured housing industry, click here. ##

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House GOP Aiming to Lift Crippling CFPB Regulations

June 15th, 2016 Comments off

paul ryan with mother betty douglas the villages scott audette dash reutersDubbed “A Better Way,” House Republicans stated the red tape of bureaucracies has gotten out of hand, and they have proposed rules easing the drilling for oil, coal mining, governing internet traffic and promoting small business employment, according to what washingtontimes tells MHProNews.

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), in presenting the agenda, said it is intended to be a blueprint for unshackling the American economy and unifying the party, notably leaving out immigration and trade reform, two issues that separate Ryan and other Republicans from presumptive presidential candidate Donald Trump.

If the proposals that are cooked up in these bureaucracies are really so important, then let the people’s elected representatives decide — no major regulation should become law unless Congress takes a vote,” Mr. Ryan, (R-WI), said.

House GOP members say regulation cost the U. S. economy $2 trillion last year as the economy struggles to rise farther from the crippling 2008 recession. The party says coal mining can continue without wrecking the environment or putting the coal industry out of business, which would cost thousands of jobs.

On financial issues the GOP will push for bankruptcy not bail-outs if a big bank should fail. Said House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling, Texas Republican: “We were told the regulations of Dodd-Frank would make our economy more stable, but the regulations have led to the big banks getting bigger and the small banks getting fewer.”

Conservative pressure group Heritage Action likes the plan, but House Democrat Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said the agenda would poison the water we drink and the air we breathe, “while rolling back critical protections for American consumers and taking the cops off the Wall Street beat.”

Although some conservatives want to dismantle the CFPB, the House GOP calls for reforming the agency, hopefully easing the rule that inhibits financing of manufactured homes, which hurts buyers and sellers especially at the lowest income scale.

Further, the House GOP wants to pull back on federal rules that increase compliance cost on colleges and universities that results in higher tuition costs. ##

(Photo credit: reuters/Scott Audette–Speaker Paul Ryan with mother Betty Douglas at The Villages in Fla.)

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Obamacare Cripples Medicare

August 23rd, 2012 Comments off

SeniorHousingNews says while Democrats lambast vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan’s proposal to make Medicare a voucher system, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney points out President Obama’s Affordable Care Act garners a significant portion of funding by cutting Medicare $716 billion. The combination of reductions in reimbursements to hospitals and private health insurance companies, and reductions to reimbursements to private Medicare Advantage Plans accounts for just under two-thirds of the cuts in Medicare. As MHProNews knows, a significant number of manufactured housing community residents are in the 55+ age bracket, and these cuts could seriously impact their financial well-being. Please see attached graph.

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Paul Ryan Makes Campaign Stop at The Villages

August 20th, 2012 Comments off

Yahoo!Canada reports Reuters says The Villages in central Florida, the largest retirement community in the world and one of the largest land lease communities in the country with thousands of manufactured homes among the 40,000 houses spread over 20,000 acres, hosted (presumed) Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan who brought his 78 year-old mother on stage during his speech in which he vowed to maintain Medicare for the elderly. “When I think of Medicare, it’s not just a program, it’s not just a bunch of numbers, it’s what my mom relies on, it’s what my grandma had,” Ryan, 42, said. Since being named as Romney’s running mate, Ryan has distanced himself from earlier statements about reducing Medicare coverage, especially in retirement-rich Florida where Romney and President Obama are running neck- and-neck. MHProNews has learned (presumed) Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has visited The Villages twice in the past year.

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Republican’s Plan for Fannie and Freddie

August 13th, 2012 Comments off

HousingWire reports while Rep. Paul Ryan, (R-WI), Gov. Mitt Romney’s running mate for the White House has proposed privatizing “the business of government-owned housing giants, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, so they no longer expose taxpayers to trillions of dollars’ worth of risk,” and an end to the $188 billion in bail-outs, major lender and realtor organizations propose private capital in a first loss position but not without some form of government guarantee. Tom Cronin of the Collingwood Group said private capital would be slow to return to the marketplace until risk retention, qualified mortgage and new servicing standards are in place. He does not see that happening anytime soon. MHProNews has learned while Romney has not said what he may have in store for Fannie and Freddie if he wins the presidency, on Sunday’s “60 Minutes” he did say his platform will have its own budget plan he and Mr. Ryan will follow.