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MH Association Spotlighted Candidate in Gubernatorial Race Raises Tax Issue in PAC Campaign Ad

July 26th, 2018 Comments off

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The Florida Manufactured Housing Association (FMHA) spotlighted Adam Putnam earlier this year, after his tour of a HUD Code manufactured home and modular housing factory in Plant City, FL.

 

Ag Commissioner, Gubernatorial Candidate Adam Putnam Tours Palm Harbor Plant

Adam Putnam’s connected political action committee (PAC), called ‘Florida Grown,’ raised a topic that arguably ought to be a national debate, not just one in Florida.

The topic of a Florida Grown hit-ad, the issues raised by the video and radio ads is actually about replacing the federal income with a national sales tax.

But that’s not how the attack ad frames the topic. The replacing the income tax with a national sales tax goes unmentioned in the current variations of the ads.

Congressman Ron DeSantis is a U.S. representative, who enjoys the support of President Donald J. Trump. In fact, the president has a rally planned in Tampa next Tuesday, to support DeSantis and other GOP candidates.

Florida’s GOP gubernatorial primary is August 28th.

Newsmax advised the Daily Business News that DeSantis is sponsoring the Fair Tax Act of 2017. The proposed bill “would have replaced income and corporate taxes with a 23-percent national sales tax.”

 

What would a 23 percent sales tax do to Florida’s economy?” asks an attack ad now on YouTube, dubbing DeSantis as “D.C. DeSantis.”

If Congressman DeSantis had his way, everything would cost 23 percent more — groceries, gas, home purchases.”

 

Fact Check

As noted, the Florida Grown PAC ad fails to mention that the sales tax would eliminate the income tax. It also fails to mention the exemptions that would be part of the proposal.

As is often the case with hit ads, video, radio or print attack ads can use hyperbole, skew facts, and at times totally ignore the reasons for supporting an attacked proposal.

The Florida Grown hit-ad does all of that, and more.

A specific breakdown could reveal how that the plan could reduce the tax burdens, because it eliminates the income tax.  That said, MHProNews is not promoting or opposing the proposal, but rather spotlighting the flaws in Florida Grown and Adam Putnam radio and video ads.

 

The Truth About Taxes?

Every business must cover the costs of federal taxes, which are priced into products and services.

So there is an argument to be made that a VAT or national sales tax is more transparent, and could save hundreds of millions of man-hours in annual income tax preparation.

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Screen capture from Steve Forbes video, shown below. Per the video, George Mason University says the cost of the old tax code is about $600 billion a year. While the new tax law may trim that some, there will still be significant compliance costs.  MHProNews is not endorsing any of these tax plans, but rather showing them for educational purposes.

The costs for those man-hours is in the billions, per Forbes, George Mason University, and others.

Congressman DeSantis sponsored legislation to increase sales taxes by 23 percent, hurting families, destroying jobs, devastating tourism. Washington is full of bad ideas and phony politicians. Ron DeSantis and his huge tax increase fit right in,” the ad says.

Putnam, Florida’s agriculture commissioner, had been the front-runner in the race to replace current Gov. Rick Scott.

But a new poll from the Florida Atlantic University (FAU) Business and Economic Polling Initiative reported that DeSantis has a lead over Putnam in the Republican primary for the Florida governor’s race.  That polling may have sparked this attack ad.

The Fair Tax Act of 2017 has not progressed since it was introduced, per GovTrack. But the bill sought to “promote freedom, fairness, and economic opportunity by repealing the income tax and other taxes, abolishing the Internal Revenue Service, and enacting a national sales tax to be administered primarily by the states.”

It remains to be seen how DeSantis will respond to the ad.  There are 46 co-sponsors to the Fair Tax Act (HR 25). But if DeSantis opts to make it a debating point, it could raise significant issues that could simplify a businesses operations.

GovTrack said this morning has only a 3 percent chance of passage this year, per Skopos Labs.  But a robust discussion could raise awareness.


An OAN video on DeSantis is provided as balance for the attack ad.

Again, MHProNews is not at this time supporting or defending any candidate in this race.  Rather, the Daily Business News is only providing an analysis of a demonstrably misleading ad.

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New Steps to Fill Skilled Jobs for American Businesses, including Manufactured and Modular Housing

July 19th, 2018 Comments off

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What are skilled workers?  “Its training the works for the skills that industry needs,” said Linda McMahon, who heads up the federal Small Business Administration (SBA).

 

Johnson Controls, makes numerous products, including heating, ventilation or air-conditioning systems and fire alarms, for housing, business and for manufactured home firms too.

Johnson Controls has partnered with Lincoln Tech, a leading provider of specialized technical training, to provide expanded career opportunities for graduates and help lay the foundation for the workforce of the future by providing the essential training needed to be successful in a technical career, according to Johnson Controls CEO George Oliver in an op-ed to Fox Business.

The White House, in a statement to the Daily Business News on MHProNews, touted approximate 3.2 million jobs created since President Donald J. Trump took office.

It should be noted, for accuracy’s sake, that When SBA’s McMahon said in the video posted that there’s been 3.7 million jobs created, she’s likely referring to the number of jobs since Election Day 2016.


McMahon notes that welders and construction workers are among those skilled positions needed, and those are among the jobs that manufactured home professionals – notably in production centers – are seeking too.

More than one HUD Code producer has told MHProNews that they are prepared to expand, open a new or re-open a previously shuttered production center, once they secure what they see as the necessary workforce.

These are real-world hurdles that face everyone in construction, which includes manufactured housing.

But these are positive hurdles – and at least in theory – a savvy factory producer or entrepreneur can more effectively train, and thus ramp up more quickly, than a site builder. Who says?  MHI and MHARR member factory-builders, among others.

 

 

Earlier today, the White House hosted a pledge to the American Worker event, where First Daughter Ivanka Trump spoke, and President Trump signed a new executive order.

The National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) has told MHProNews on numerous occasions this year that filling jobs are a big issue.  NFIB has hundreds of manufactured housing industry connected companies among their roughly 325,000 total small-business members.

Manufactured housing industry professionals and executives have said similarly directly to the Daily Business News.

There are over 6 million jobs open in the U.S., and more openings than there are workers applying. The economy is moving.  So these are healthy – even if throbbing – growing pains.

With the passage of S. 488 in the House this week on a near unanimous, bi-partisan basis, there may be reason for some optimism – even in an election year – for serious efforts to advance the needs of businesses and workers ahead of the rapidly approaching midterms. When was the last time a bill passed 406 to 4?  See the related report, linked below.

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Barack Obama, Maxine Waters, President Donald J. Trump, Amway, and Manufactured Housing

June 26th, 2018 Comments off

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Prologue. Though manufactured housing is a multi-billion dollar industry, the experiences of the last 15 years (+/-) have proven just how vulnerable the industry is to outside political and economic forces.

 

It’s thus prudent for the industry’s professionals and investors to at least be broadly aware of whatever the political and economic trends are.

To the extent that a person can influence others, professionals should consider doing so, to help guide and support the still-recovering HUD Code manufactured home industry’s prospects. That may be as simple as sharing a link to an article, by direct engagement with others, or through personal political and professional action, and so on.

 

The Broad Brush That MH Operates In

The divisions in America are mirrored in divides over views about manufactured homes (MH). and within the manufactured housing.  

Those splits among the people involve and influence our much needed factory-crafted home industry. They are challenges which are opportunities in disguise.

In turn, federally regulated HUD Code manufactured homes could significantly influence domestic politics, rather than be carried away by them. Amway is a living metaphor for how that could occur.  

There are lessons to learn too from past and current Presidents Barack H. Obama, Donald J. Trump, and Congressional Representative Maxine Waters (D-CA). 

Background. Every day a steady flood of news items from various federal agencies, an array of trade groups (NFIB, NAR, NAHB, NAR, NAM, MHARR, MHI, etc.), and private companies comes into the Daily Business News on MHProNews. Just reading what comes daily that influences or has meaning for our manufactured home industry could be more than a full time job. Curating that flood of potential content is both art and science. No one else in MHVille trade publishing – besides our platforms – even attempts to try.  

That automatically gives us real pressures, and potential advantages, to influence events.

Rephrased, MHProNews can go beyond mere reporting on X – toward influencing what others think, see, and believe with respect to Manufactured Homes and Communities. 

The one thing that is similar between all the for-profit and association trade voices that barrage the industry’s investors and professionals and MHProNews/MHLivingNews is the following.

 

All media have an agenda. That should beg the next question. Is the agenda of the media you read one that helps or harms your own interests?

 

The Amway Analogy. With that background – and before considering Presidents Obama and Trump or Rep. Waters – consider Amway as an analogy for manufactured housing professionals to ponder.  

Millions of Americans are customers of Amway, and/or have been in their untold army of independent distributors over the years. Like manufactured housing, Amway has their supporters and detractors.

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Rich DeVos is the spouse of Besty DeVos, and the co-founder of Amway. 

Those in Amway see themselves as often misunderstood, but rather as a force for good. There are thus certain parallels between the Amway, and manufactured housing professions.

 

This is analysis, pure and simple. Facts simply are.

Yet in spite of the wide divide in public views about Amway, Betsy DeVos – spouse of Amway heir Richard “Dick” DeVos – is a cabinet member in the Trump Administration. One of several possible takeaways for manufactured housing industry professionals is that Amway found numerous ways to break through their fog to a get onto a bigger stage.

All analogies limp to some degree. This brief analogy with Amway is but the tip of an iceberg, which offers manufactured housing industry professionals useful lessons.  

Each industry – MH or theirs – has far greater potential that either previously acquired. But Amway earned a valuable seat at the big Cabinet level table. What about MH?

What else can MHVille pros, advocates, and investors learn from Amway? 

 

 

Maxine Waters and Barack Obama 

The MH Industry is deeply influenced by Washington, D.C. and national politics. It therefore pays to understand the forces that control our industry’s potential to such a significant degree.  

One may or may not agree with Nathan Smith’s political or business views to recognize that he’s prudent to be engaged in politics. He’s right too in saying that the industry’s bigger national association has often failed to be pro-active.

 

It is time for MHVille professionals to be far more pro-active. 

This is a critical time in American politics. What will occur in the midterms will influence our industry, and thus your investments or interests.

Let’s take an objective (non-partisan) look at two of the many Democratic leaders.

The Democratic Party was transformed in several ways by Barack Obama.  

To consider but a few, the Democrats under former President Obama: 

   moved further to the political left,

   continued the Bill Clinton strategy of embracing the uber-rich, who they periodically postured as slamming their wealth, while giving those same billionaires and their wealthy and/or influential businesses tremendous access to the White House and other federal levers of money/power,

   and were widely embraced by the left-of-center media. 

Barack Obama achieved to a significant degree several of his personally stated goals.

Mr. Obama:  

   was for the political left a transformational president,

   has been as influential for Democrats as Ronald Reagan was for Republicans,

   achieved numerous political goals for his diverse base of supporters – like it or not – the list of Obama era changes could include gay marriage, Dodd-Frank, ObamaCare, transgender advocacy, a host of environmental, and other policy changes that shifted America and our nation’s culture to a significant degree.

By shifting the U.S., Mr. Obama also moved numerous events in the world.

The Democrats to large extent become the party of Mr. Obama. His absence has been felt by their party.

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Former President Barack Obama has struck a deal with Netflix that will pay millions. He’s busy preparing for his presidential library. But reports indicate he is working behind the scenes for the Democratic party.  

Yet during the Obama years in the White House, the Democratic Party lost over 1,000 seats at the local, state and national level. And in under 18 months, President Donald J. Trump has swept away much of the Obama legacy, both foreign and domestic. These are serious reality checks for Democrats.

Among the voices that have taken a more prominent role in Democratic politics is Maxine Waters. While she has been politely corrected by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer for her weekend rant in front of several of her followers, the rant is instructive on several levels. See the video below, and compare and contrast her numbers with that of President Trump.

 

 

Compare and contrast how the interaction is between Congressional Rep Waters, and President Trump stump speech for South Carolina Governor Henry McMasters. Compare too the messages. Which voice is better for a civil, prosperous society? 

New York magazine recently ran a cover asking, where is Barack Obama? Democrats are a party seeking leadership. President Trump flipped some 200 counties that voted for Barack Obama and later voted for Donald J. Trump.  

Clinton campaign and Democratic strategist Doug Schoen are among Democratic voices that are worried that their party is adrift, having become too progressive. Schoen also believes Dems have largely become the party of anti-Trump. The linked report can be read later for more details.

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.”

 

POTUS Donald J. Trump 

The 45th President of the United States (POTUS) Donald J. Trump has taken an unlikely path to the White House. Barack Obama’s resume was thin before becoming an Illinois politico, U.S. Senator, and then President.  

But President Trump’s political resume might at a glance seem even thinner. Never holding or attempting a run at prior public office, he rode down the Golden Escalator in Trump Tower three years ago, gave a widely panned speech, and is arguably the most powerful visible political figure on earth today.  

The businessman, builder, and entertainment professional Trump has and still does use all of his experiences to achieve his own stated goals. The right-of-center Heritage Foundation says he is more successful at this point in his presidency than conservative icon Ronald Reagan was.  

Watch when you can – if you’ve not seen them already – the videos posted in this article. Because each one reveals much.  

For example, look at the connection that President Trump’s supporters have with the man.

The president has proven in less than 18 months in office what pro-business, pro-growth policies can achieve. His policies have arguably benefited the economy, and manufactured housing – both directly, and indirectly.

The 45th Chief Executive of the U.S. has been limited by some in his own GOP party, who at times resist the president’s methods and style as much as Democrats do.

Both the Democratic and Republican Parties are no longer the party they once were 10, 20, or 30 years ago. While clearly different, Mr. Obama and Mr. Trump are transforming, disruptive figures.  

 

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The Industry’s Choice

The midterms are coming up fast.

As a political independent, this writer notes that the Democrats – to the extent they are talking about something beyond opposing President Trump – are apparently favoring: 

   taking back the tax cuts,

   protecting and expanding ObamaCare into “Medicare for all,” meaning full blown socialized medicine,

   restoring the power of the CFPB,

   impeachment of the president on any pretext they can find,

   and other environmental, social, and other issues in the vein of the Obama era.

 

So, if you liked the impact of the Obama Administration’s policies had on your business, the MH industry, the economy, deficits, and debts, you better get busy supporting the #resistance. 

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Many once never-Trump Republicans have slowly embraced his results, even if they disagree with his style or methods.  Polling suggests that POTUS #45’s approval with party members is around 90 percent.

The Democrats and their media allies have at times taken positions different than they once supported. The party of Trump is largely a populist, working, and middle class party. The blue collar Democrats are often supporting the policies of POTUS Trump.

No president in American history had so much negative media, even in cases of obvious success. With some 90 percent of the mainstream media reports opposing him and his policies, the president’s approval ratings are as high as Barack Obama’s or Ronald Reagan’s were at this point of his presidency.  

Astonishing, but true. 

It’s all instructive and necessary for forward thinking manufactured housing industry professionals, advocates, and investors to consider. Our industry can learn much from Mr.  Trump, and from Amway.

 

Manufactured Housing’s Balance of Power? 

With an estimated 22 million Americans living in pre-HUD Code mobile homes or post-HUD Code manufactured homes, the industry is capable of significant influence. 

Research by the New York Times and MHProNews in 2016 suggested that our industry’s residents tilt toward President Trump. Among those who vote, our estimate at the time was about 52 percent favored Mr. Trump vs. 47 percent for Secretary Hillary Clinton.  

Our industry’s residents are in many ways a readily identifiable group that could in tight races be the swing voters.  

Furthermore, given the powerful insights from the affordable housing crisis and YIMBY-NIMBY, the MH Industry could prove to be a powerful forces for transformational personal and national economic advancement. But that will occur only with growth focused leadership.

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President Trump Spotlights Factory Home Builder in Speech, Proven Promotion, Support of Industry Advancement

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U.S. President Praised “The Mobile Home Industry,” Manufactured Homes are “Here to Stay”

June 20th, 2018 Comments off
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It’s historic…

You are entrepreneurs in the best tradition of the free enterprise system.”
~ The President of the United States to the MH Industry

 

The U.S. President began his talk with these words, “There are problems in the economy and in the mobile home industry.  I am not so naïve as to deny that. I am in the business of looking for problems – and solutions. I am a problem solver and an optimist. I am optimistic about the future of the economy and the future of the mobile home industry.  My optimism stems from the belief that our problems – and that is the first step toward solving them. To recognize problems is constructive.  To become obsessed with them is destructive.”

Imagine how motivated about a thousand manufactured home (MH) industry professionals were to hear what HUD Secretary Ben Carson had to say at MHI’s last planned meeting in Las Vegas earlier this year.

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Then picture a time in the MH Industry when the President of the United States was happy to speak to the industry, and the industry was happy to hear in person from the Chief Executive of the U.S.

Rearview mirrors are not as important as the windshield, but they are necessary for safety, insight, learning, and growth. Driving would be far more dangerous without side-and-rear-view mirrors.   The same principle is true for investing, to operate or expand a businesses, and for savvy politicos. Everyone that buys a business or a property does due diligence to see what the past performance looked like. Its hard to find a business that doesn’t check the background – the history – of a job applicant.  History matters.

The opening words above, and what follows below, are from then-President Gerald R. Ford, in a speech given to the “Mobile Home Manufacturers Association” dated March 22, 1973.  The original notes are from the Ford Presidential Library.  All of those notes are found at the end of this report as a download.

The best way to solve problems is to concentrate on our strengths.  And if you look at the economy and at your own industry you see many strengths, many reasons for confidence,” said Ford’s notes, which include hand-written revisions.

Ford’s speech notes go through a significant amount of economic data, woven between his comments about the blossoming then pre-HUD Code mobile home industry.

Then President Ford’s speech positions the next section of praise following part of his address that focused on balancing the budget.

Then, as now, there is a need to control federal housing costs. The common-sense solution, then and now, is to let as much of that be done by private enterprise.  Federal policy should be used to support solutions, rather than be an obstacle for private industry, in this case, the factory-built home industry.

I have noted with great interest the bill introduced by Lou Frey of Florida…,” Ford said.  That bill would eventually become the National Manufactured Housing Construction and Safety Standards Act of 1974. “I am sure that each and every one of you shares Lou Frey’s concerns and respect his motivation,” Ford stated.

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What’s the outlook for the mobile home industry?  It can only be described as bright.  My information is that production now is running at an annual rate of nearly 700,000—and that is a fantastic figure for what really is a still a very young industry.”  It should be noted that mobile home shipments never broke 600,000 units in a year, but the way that then-President Ford described it is akin to what today would be called the “Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate” or SAAR, used in conventional housing as well as with HUD Code manufactured homes. That SAAR may indeed, during that time of year, have been at a near 700,000 annual rate.

It is important to note again why the Daily Business News recently spotlighted the story of Rollohome.  In short order, that firm went from start-up to 60,000 new homes shipped in just 2 years.  If that was achievable then, surely it can be done with our greater technology today?  For more on that, readers can circle back later to the linked report, below.

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Ford pointed to the VA program, and how it was modified to support financing of manufactured homes for veterans.

Then, it was Vietnam, but more recently, Afghanistan and Iraq are among the places that millions of veterans have served.

Ford’s logic of supporting the factory-built home industry applies today, as it did then.  It is one of several reasons that MHProNews has supported editorially common-sense, sustainable tweaks to FHA, VA, USDA (Rural Housing) and the lending programs that GSEs are supposed to be providing via their Congressionally mandated Duty to Serve (DTS) manufactured housing.  One such related report is linked below, and can be read later for more insights.

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As you know, Congress in 1970 approved a law letting the Veterans Administration guarantee loans on mobile homes, as well as on the lots to place them on,” Ford’s speech-notes said.

Ford apologized for the “red tape connected with” the VA program, a reminder that then and now, legislation is the start of a process, not the end. “The VA mobile home program has fallen far short of its goals. But it is now picking up.  In recent weeks VA officials have conferred with mobile home manufacturers and dealers and with money lenders.  They want to make the program go,” Ford explained.

But VA officials are doing everything they can to promote the mobile home loan guarantee program, and it is beginning to accelerate,’ said Ford, adding “Of the 5,460 mobile home loans guaranteed by the VA last year, 4,178 were to post-Korean vets.”

You are entrepreneurs in the best tradition of the free enterprise system.”

I say the future of your industry is bright because you’ve got a lot going for you. Mobile homes are the only low cost new homes available,” then President Ford said. “The cost of producing stick-built housing has risen dramatically.  At the same time, with your assembly line methods, you are doing something to lick high housing costs—and it is the mobile home purchaser who benefits.”

That same point applies then and now. It is once more worth noting that President Donald J. Trump worked an example of factory-home building into a speech featured by the Daily Business News, at the link below, which can be referenced later for more insights.

President Trump Spotlights Factory Home Builder in Speech, Proven Promotion, Support of Industry Advancement

I am not here to promote the sale of mobile homes,” Ford said, so that he didn’t sound like he was a pitch-man for the industry.

But there is no question that the mobile home industry holds revolutionary potential for future advancement in the field of housing.  Mobile homes have become a major segment of the nation’s housing supply.  They are here to stay,” said Ford to finish is speech.

 

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There are many reasons this speech of President Gerald R. Ford still matters today.

President Ford was arguably correct on several points, which applied then and now.  They include, but aren’t limited to:

  • Presidents Nixon and Ford are among those who specifically praised the value of the mobile home industry – which is what the industry was, prior to the passage of the National Manufactured Housing Construction and Safety Standards – in solving the nation’s affordable housing needs.
  • HUD Secretary Ben Carson, Vice President Mike Pence, and President Donald J. Trump have all praised either manufactured homes specifically, and/or factory-built homes in general. Danny Ghorbani, and MHARR President and CEO Mark Weiss, JD, have both cited the opportunity the industry has with this administration (see the video, below.)
  • Ford was correct in saying that problems must be identified and understood, before they can be tackled and resolved. Editorially, MHProNews has advocated a pragmatic, reality-based approach to problem solving.  The industry must separate the unhealthy chaff from the fine wheat.
  • Then and now, federal access to financing options that level the playing field were important.
  • More affordable manufactured home owners would mean more Americans who aren’t renting or getting housing subsidies.
  • Millions of more manufactured home owners would mean millions of more Americans building equity and personal wealth.
  • Unlike rentals, a manufactured home loan can over time be paid off. Once a home is mortgage-free, maintenance, insurance, utilities, and taxes are all that remains, so that’s as inexpensive as modern living costs can possible get.
  • Building more manufactured homes would mean more good jobs.
  • From the federal budget perspective, millions of more manufactured homes would mean fewer people depending taxpayer subsidized housing, and/or other programs.
  • Ford proved to be correct about the “revolutionary potential for future advancement in the field of housing” about the evolution of the industry from the mobile home era to the modern manufactured homes today. Factory-home-building made sense then, and now.
  • Enforcement of existing laws are a key, including the enhanced preemption provided by the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000.
  • Logically, enforcing the laws linked above would yield some $2 trillion in additional Gross Domestic Product, according to the university researchers.

There’s more, of course, but the points are clear.

President Ford recognized that the MH industry is necessary.  It is currently underperforming, as the chart below reflects.

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

The industry’s professionals and investors must grasp the tremendous opportunities, vs. the realities to be dealt with. The challenges to the industry are both from within the industry, and from the ranks of the ill-informed naysayers outside our industry too.

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Flag Day, POTUS Trump Doctrine, Supply, Demand, Financing, Affordable Housing, Jobs, Economic Growth, Human Dignity, and God

June 14th, 2018 Comments off
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People crave dignity.

 

The System has been Rigged,” the 45th President of the United States (POTUS), Donald J. Trump, has said. He understands these realities.

POTUS Trump undertook to break the grip of those who’ve rigged the free markets that harm the opportunities, and diminish the dignity of tens of millions in our Republic.

That’s a worthy topic to consider on Flag Day, which happens to be the President’s, and this writer’s, birthday.

Millions have been misled by flawed education, and agenda-driven opinions masquerading as facts or news.

Dignity flows from many factors, including:

  • the pride of work,
  • rising earnings,
  • maximum opportunities,
  • innovation,
  • enriching human relationships,
  • the spiritual life,
  • a growing net worth,
  • which can be fueled by the security, and pride of home ownership.

The bullets above yields a healthier society, happier people, and offers the additional benefit of reducing the costs for government at all levels.

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Common Sense Solutions that Boost Wealth for Everyday Americans

Small-town business expert, talk radio host, and author Tom Egelhoff plus myself share some common beliefs.  Those common principles caused us to do a joint article on how factory-crafted manufactured homes are a proven path to increased home ownership, that fuels the creation of more wealth for everyday Americans.

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To see the fact-packed Op-Ed on the popular Value Penguin website, click the link below or the image above. https://www.valuepenguin.com/home-insurance/fear-manufactured-homes-affordable-housing-crisis

 

Egelhoff and myself also share a reason-based confidence in President Trump’s fine work on behalf of all Americans.

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Tye explained that public housing – an entitlement – often yields addiction. Ownership vs. renting or living in “projects” leads to integrity, a view he likens to those of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Isn’t this part of the antidote to the t-word issue?

Someone making a basic wage is unable to buy the typical, conventional house in America.

But millions priced out of conventional housing can buy a manufactured home.

When millionaires and even billionaires own a manufactured home, the rest ought to consider its wisdom too.  For example, POTUS Trump supporter and performer Kid Rock is one of those who owns a private jet, a Rolls Royce, and a manufactured home.

The Kid Rock video below uplifts – celebrates – those who own a lower cost house, be it a manufactured home, or an older conventional house.  Note to parents with kids at hand: the video has some salty language and suggestive images. The video has had over 16.4 million views as of 6.14.2018.

 

Daily Business News on MHProNews sources tell us that Vice President Mike Pence understands first-hand the value of manufactured homes, which along with RVs, are produced in his home state of Indiana, and elsewhere from coast-to-coast.

 

America First, Economic Nationalism are Common Sense

Peace, prosperity and security are all supported by the president’s most recent deal on behalf of Americans, Koreans, the people of Asia, and the nation-states of the world.

America First” is common sense.

Placing one’s homeland first is part of a new geopolitical framework the president is creating. It recognizes the inherent goodness of nationalism and cultural pride.

POTUS’ move away from globalism is a step toward the proven principles of solidarity, and subsidiarity.

Someday, historians may say that pragmatic economic nationalism, personal or cultural pride, solidarity, and subsidiarity are key contributions of what can be called “the Trump Doctrine.”

 

Tariffs and America First

There are elitists across the political spectrum that don’t understand, or won’t admit to, the fundamental common sense of economic tools such as tariffs.

By contrast, the president embraces their use.

When America was a young nation, tariffs protected our farmers and factories. Before the income tax, when the federal government was smaller, tariffs protected American jobs, plus paid much of the federal government’s expenses.

POTUS Trump no doubt knows what Pocket Sense expressed this way, “Prior to the passage of the 16th Amendment in 1913, the United States government funded its operations mainly through excise taxes, tariffs, customs duties and public land sales.”

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Given the numerous scandals, millions of man-hours of lost time, plus other problems with the current income tax system, is the president leading America back to the future by using tariffs in strategic ways?

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One doesn’t always know what the president’s next move is. Are his threatened use of tariffs also a possible signal for something else in the future?  Would this president at some point take on a reform of  the U.S. income tax system, which Steve Forbes, and others say is massively wasteful?  Image credit, Prager U.

 

Trusts-Busting Yields Innovation, More Businesses, and Job Creation/Protection

MHProNews has chronicled the rise of globalist uber-billionaires, and their monopolistic conglomerates.

The president has signaled a willingness to do trust-busting actions.

Breaking up monopoles would protect and fuel American Jobs, American Innovation, and American Independent Businesses, that historically create the most jobs, and also innovate the most.

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It’s the mega conglomerates that are automating more, and hiring fewer human workers.

It’s the leaders of the mega corporations that often want open borders, cheap foreign labor, and the illegal immigration that is undermining our economic, judicial and electoral systems.

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Warren Buffett led Berkshire Hathaway’s manufactured housing finance, production and other units have been accused of monopolistic practices by a range of media across the left-right political divide.

How many more Americans would be in a manufactured home already, if not for the allegedly monopolistic practices of anti-Trump, Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway?

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Unlocks $2 Trillion Dollars in Additional Annual GDP

Problematic zoning, so-called expert “central planners,” and land use policies have hamstrung America for far too many decades.

Two university professors in 2016 estimated that the roadblocks to affordable housing are costing the U.S. economy some $2 Trillion dollars annually in additional GDP.

Using their $2 Trillion potential GDP growth statistic, if existing federal laws were being robustly enforced, the economy could experience a largely unsubsidized jolt that could create even more good jobs.

 

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The president spotlighted factory home builder Levitt in a speech.

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POTUS Trump understands from his professional experiences that factory home building can create entry-level to elegant homes.

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At the time Belsky made this prediction, manufactured homes were selling over 250,000 new units per year. What happened?  Smoking Gun 3 spells it out.

From Operation Breakthrough in the 1970s, to Harvard’s Eric Belsky in the early 2000s, the potential for the manufactured homes that HUD Secretary Ben Carson called “Amazing!” to fuel the American Dream is real.

HUD’s Operation Breakthrough, Promoting Factory, Industrialized Building – Mobile Home Era to Modern Manufactured Homes.

Enforcement of the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000 – which includes enhanced preemption – utilizes principles the president grasps from his myriad of professional experience.

Mandating the robust enforcement of the Duty to Serve Manufactured Housing that the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 required would also aid the process. Leveling the playing field via regulatory tweaks across FHA, VA, and the USDA (Rural Housing) loan programs for manufactured homes in both fee simple and home only scenarios would too.

The New York Times and MHProNews surveys both suggested that manufactured home owners were among the once “forgotten Americans” who supported President Trump.

Those home owners deserve the dignity and respect of being manufactured home owners.

A simple president tweet in support of those manufactured home owners could be a useful step to restoring their dignity, often robbed by elitists politicos whos slammed them as deplorables.

Enhanced preemption, education on the realities of manufactured homes vs. the myths, and proper lending access could transform America in short order.

That can be done via enforcement of existing law.  It would cost very little to the federal or local governments.  It would increase the property tax base.  It would increase the net worth of Americans.

God is modest, and the Creator understands the notion of saving the best for last. The American Dream is tied up with faith, flag, family, and fortune.  Hebrew and Christian Scriptures prove that the Ten Commandments protect private property.

God isn’t a socialist.  God’s Word enshrines free enterprise, and private property.

President Trump’s taking action that protects faith communities, defending the use of the phrase merry Christmas, and protect Life, Liberty, and Property are Godly principles.

These are all concepts worth to reflect on this day, and every day.

Our sincere thanks for the president’s many successes to date.

Here’s to more, and a heartful happy birthday wish to President Donald J. Trump. Please continue your work at making America ever greater, all for the benefit of restoring the dignity and opportunities of Americans first. ## (Coaching tips, marketing, sales, and management news.)

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Politically Incorrect Cartoon Commentaries, Lighter Side of Making America and Manufactured Housing Great Again

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Long-time MHProNews readers know that over the years, we’ve broken many of the politically incorrect rules in MHVille reporting, and hard-hitting commentary.  You rewarded us with the most page views and readership of anyone in industry publishing, thank you. Thanks too for those who make this possible.

 

But today, to keep things light – and still make industry pros, investors, researchers and others think – we’re going to let these political cartoons do most of the talking.

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For years, manufactured housing’s future was mired in D.C. politics that seemed to have no end in sight.

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For example. Manufactured housing had near zero impact on the housing/mortgage meltdown of 2008.

Yet, the industry is routinely reminded by certain groups of its loose lending sins by lenders of roughly 2 decades ago. The bulk of those sins didn’t cost taxpayers. The mistakes of the 90s and early 2000s of operations like GreenTree and Conseco didn’t melt the economy down.

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But for some, those sins of the past seemingly can’t be absolved or forgotten.  Why is that so?

Why did conventional housing and lending get a hall pass, which cost taxpayers and the economy trillions in de facto bailouts, and federal taxpayer support?

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Why did manufactured housing – which a bi-partisan swatch of politicos and experts agree is an important part of the solution to the affordable housing crisis solution – get punished?

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The loudest voices aren’t always the correct voices.

The Daily Business News could go on and on this morning with questions like that, which our reports seek to answer.

Cartoonist Branco has done brilliant work, and the word is that from time to time, he’s retweeted by President Trump.

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Just the facts. Its the elitists, those that know better, but screwed America up for the many for the benefit of the few for decades. They are in both major political parties.

We editorially supported President Trump, months before the 2016 primary was settled.

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There’s so much news, but one must not forget what happened, in some cases, not so long ago. Memory is a gift that must be used, along with prudence, and a questioning mind.

We did so because an objective consideration at what Secretary Clinton presented, and promised looked like more of the same in Washington, D.C.’s swamp.

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Former DNC Chair Donna Bazile said that the primary was rigged against Senator Sanders. Their is evidence to suggest that the powers of the federal government wee being used to tilt the election in favor of Secretary Clinton.

We supported Candidate Trump, even thought Warren Buffett supported Secretary Clinton.

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Speaks volumes!

By contrast to Clinton, then candidate Trump is a business tycoon, a builder, and an entertaining communicator.

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Americans can’t afford to forget what it was like just 2 short years ago. The advocates of the corrupt socialist agenda never stop pushing. The price of freedom is eternal vigilance, plus action to defend our God-given, constitutionally protected rights.

Then candidate Trump energized the base of numerous business professionals, and the millions of what Ms. Clinton called “deplorables.” The president brought back the “blue collar Democrats” into the common-sense conservative cause.

President Obama pledged to veto Preserving Access if it hit his desk.

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Any day now…

Secretary Hillary Clinton pledged to keep Dodd-Frank intact.

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Branco must get it on climate. No one wants dirty air or dirty water. But the climate agenda is about taxes, plus picking winners and losers.

S 2155 did half of what Preserving Access hoped to do, but it also did much more, and President Trump signed it into law.

These are facts.  They may be politically incorrect, but they are facts.

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President Abraham Lincoln said that America would never be conquered from without, but only from within. Its the power grabbers, those that took big chunks of the financial, healthcare, and other sectors over that must be watched., and defeated legally.

We believe in common sense, even if it isn’t politically correct.

The economy is roaring, while obstructionists are screaming about every single thing they can, as if the president hates the Americans whose lives his policies are clearly improving.

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If Russian interference with elections is a serious issue, and it is, then why isn’t voter fraud a serious issue?

If you aren’t comfortable with the president’s tweets, don’t read them. But watch his bottom line results.  Promises made, promises kept.  Make America Great Again. That’s patriotism.  That’s common sense.

Pay attention to what is getting done now, that was not getting done before in Washington, D.C.’s swamp.

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George Soros and other uber rich billionaires oddly often support socialistic, and leftist causes, why? Does big government = power? Does supporting big government give the uber rich more influence than every day Americans? Drain the swamp.

Regulations are frozen, thanks to the President’s executive orders. Pam Danner is gone at HUD. Thank you, Secretary Carson, please keep it that way.  Please make sure that Danner isn’t returned, and that the replacement is some hand-picked candidate of the billionaire crony capitalists who seek to dominate our industry, to the harm of the majority of small to mid-sized businesses.

The DOE energy rule is frozen, thank you Secretary Perry, please keep it that way.

As the midterms approach, why not vote for common sense? Why not vote for those who support the man getting things done?  Why not support the 45th president’s policy and agenda?

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

The Fed just announced that the net worth of Americans has hit 100 Trillion dollars.  Talk is cheap. Action speaks louder than words. Thank you, Mr. President.

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The president’s birthday is coming up next week. We support making America and our industry great again. We are willing to be politically incorrect to do so.

The cartoons speak volumes.  Consider sharing them and this post with your circle of influence.

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Senator Elizabeth Warren, 2020 Presidential Prospect, Threatens Wave of New Regulations

June 6th, 2018 Comments off

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), blasted the Trump administration’s deregulatory agenda Tuesday.   The progressive firebrand defended the post-2008 crisis reforms she helped implement, announcing legislation to end “corporate capture of the regulatory process,” per American Banker.

 

Her speech will accelerate speculation that she will be one of dozens of Democrats pondering a presidential run in 2020.

Warren said she plans to introduce bills to “padlock the revolving door between government and industry,” stop government officials from making policy decisions that personally benefit them, and empower government agencies to pass strong regulations to keep corporate influence out of the process.

Senator Warren “framed the Trump administration’s recent policies, including efforts to roll back Consumer Financial Protection Bureau rules,” per AB, as a “war on regulations,” she said.

The so-called war on regulations isn’t about freedom,” Warren expressed during her speech at Georgetown University Law School. “The war on regulations is waged on behalf of giant companies that don’t want to follow any rules. So let’s call it what it really is — a war on public health, a war on public safety, a war on truly free and competitive markets, a war on American workers, a war on American consumers.”

That’s a clear challenge to the rising tide of some 2 out of 3 Americans who pollsters say believe that under President Donald J. Trump’s leadership, the economy is improving.

The answer is pretty simple — corruption,” Warren said. “Giant corporations and wealthy individuals are working in the shadows to make sure that government works for them, not for the people.”

Warren has blasted monopolistic practices before. But Secretary Hillary Clinton, who she supported in 2016, embraced the very corporate giants that Warren is now verbally blasting.

With recently rising markets suggesting that investors are regaining confidence that the White House could be correct on an array of domestic and foreign policy issues, and with Democrats like Doug Schoen saying that their party is locked in their own civil war between moderates and de facto socialists, the senator the president has dubbed “Pocahontas” will be one to watch.

With Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) government relations insider, Nathan Smith of SSK Communities, along side Warren Buffett’s well known pro-Democratic leanings, industry members must ask: if the achievements under the Trump Administration will be undone with their tacit or active support if a Warren win became reality? “We Provide, You Decide.” © ## (News, analysis, and commentary.)

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Memorial Day – 60 Second Video, Honoring the Fallen Who Preserved Freedom

May 28th, 2018 Comments off
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Economic, personal, religious, and political freedom are never free. Each one always comes at a cost.

 

We stand, and live free in the shadow of those who have safeguarded our freedoms.

Memorial Day honors those who gave their lives for others. 

Unlike many nations, Americans have fought, bled, and died not only for our own freedom, but also in many cases for the freedom of others.

·        France and many nations in Europe,

·        Morocco and nations in Africa,

·        South Korea and nations in Asia

are among those who are free today because Americans bled and died to liberate or keep them free. 

So, those who spin American history to be one of pure oppression are either ignorant of – or worse, ignore – the good that soldiers, sailors, airmen, or others who serve in intelligence, and support services have done.  Many of them paid the ultimate price of giving their lives for others.

We should look at history with clear eyes and historic perspectives. We should not project our advantages back onto those who did not have the same insights.  We can’t condemn those who had no internet at their fingertips for lacking that technology which some of them created, and which we enjoy today.

World history is largely a long series of stories that are often about slavery, domination, and oppression.

The civil rights movement accomplishments of the past 50 years in America, and the freeing of slaves during the Civil War a century before, must be understood in a context of a world we’re slavery was commonplace. Slavery sadly still exists in the world today. Sex trafficking, and other forms of human bondage still occurs daily.  There are places in the world where humans are auctioned off to others, just as happened over 150 years ago on this continent.

We’ve made progress in certain ways, but the world still needs more work.  The fight for freedom is never over.  

America isn’t perfect, and never has been. But that imperfection isn’t a reason to lament, or reject our past. We aren’t perfect either. An candid look at reality can inspire us to do even better. Let us lift up those who have fallen in thoughts and prayers of thanksgiving, and in our memories.  

There are divisions which some will exploit, with the notion of gaining some power over others. It’s entirely wrong-headed to look back at only the bad, when the USA – more than any nation in world history – sacrificed for each other, and for so many others abroad too. Memories of the total sacrifice of the fallen should inspire us personally to do better.

 

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Today isn’t Veterans Day. Memorial Day is for those who have fallen.  

Without those who gave it all, we might be living in a Communist, Nazi, and other kind of dictatorship today.  

You are able to do good business as a free person, in concert with other free people, because of the sacrifices of others.  Today, we honor those who made our freedoms possible. ##  (Event news, analysis, and commentary.)  

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Shifting Momentum, Demographics, Women, the 2018 Midterms, and Manufactured Housing

May 23rd, 2018 Comments off

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If one takes candidates at their word – which is never a given once they are elected  – it must be noted that candidates Secretary Hillary Clinton, and businessman, builder and media maven Donald J Trump each made a range of stated policy positions.

 

Last night, the House passed S. 2155, see that report linked below. The bill gives manufactured housing professionals some benefits and relief from Dodd-Frank.  It fulfills part of the 45th presidents pledge to undo what he said was the economic damage wrought by the CFPB and the Dodd-Frank regulatory regime.

 

That bill which has now been passed by the House and Senate would not have been signed had Ms. Clinton been the president, per her own statements.

By contrast, there is every expectation that President Donald J. Trump will sign the measure that provides relief for the industry on the MLO rule and other fronts.

Also last night, President Trump, addressed the conservative, pro-life women’s group gala, the Susan B. Anthony List. He was welcomed like a rock star.

The video posted will reflect several things that industry leaders, investors, and strategists should consider. Note that the female population is slightly larger than that of men. Note to the charts that will follow.

First, the president is repeating a theme, that the group also spotlighted – “promises made, and promises kept.”

Next, the pro-life group is pledging a serious voter mobilization effort for the fall.

Note that the NRA – the National Rifle Association – has made a similar pledge to the president for supporting candidates that he and his party will back. The president and Vice President Mike Pence are signaling that they will be very active on the campaign trail in much of the rest of 2018.

Reuters’ latest generic ballot has now tipped the midterm race slightly ahead for GOP candidates over Democratic ones. It is a tidal shift from the end of last year.

According to Vote Run Lead, exit polls reported that 53 percent of voters in the 2012 election were women.

In every presidential election year from 1980 – 2008 women have outnumbered men in voting Democratic and the same is true for men outnumbering women voting Republican,” says Wikipedia.

The U.S. Census Bureau tells the Daily Business News that, “Voting rates have also historically varied according to age, with older Americans generally voting at higher rates than younger Americans (Figure 4). In 2016, this was once again the case, as citizens 65 years and older reported higher turnout (70.9 percent) than 45- to 64-year-olds (66.6 percent), 30- to 44-year-olds (58.7 percent) and 18- to 29-year-olds (46.1 percent). However, in 2016, young voters ages 18 to 29 were the only age group to report increased turnout compared to 2012, with a reported turnout increase of 1.1 percent. All older age groups either reported small yet statistically significant turnout decreases (45- to 64-year-olds and those age 65 and older) or turnout rates not statistically different from 2012 (30- to 44-year-olds).”

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There is every indication that the president’s popularity is rising among blacks, Hispanics, and women. He already had a strong lock on Evangelicals, and white men.

MHProNews cited the New York Times polling, our own yard sign straw poll of a Florida manufactured home community, and a straw poll of industry professionals at an MHI event as part of our pre-election projections in 2016 that Mr. Trump would do well among manufactured housing residents and professionals.

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It was part of our MHProNews broader analysis. These were among the reasons for our projecting that he could pull off an upset on election night.

There is no other known group or media in manufactured housing that made similar projections. We editorially supported the Trump candidacy, as being better for business, workers, investors, and our industry.

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

 

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While MHProNews doesn’t claim much advantage over anyone else that is willing to dig for data and insights.  We have not yet personally met the president, but we do get several daily media and other briefs from the White House.

There are good reasons to believe that baring the unexpected, the GOP under President Trump’s leadership could pull off yet another surprise in the upcoming midterms.

The president himself is predicting it.

When you listen to the enthusiasm of this crowd from last night, does it remind you of the rallies from his campaign? No ‘entertainment’ was needed.

The theme is “Promises Made, Promises Kept.” It’s a powerful message for a campaign.

Step-by-step, President Donald J. Trump has undone in less than 18 months, much of the 8 year legacy of President Barack Hussein Obama. The Heritage Foundation claims over 60 percent of his agenda is already accomplished.  While that statistic might be debatable, what is certain is that his steady and relentless pace is getting voters to respond.  

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“Cannot survive if…weak” Golden Sh-thole – Lighter Side, Plus Tough Talk Respected

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This post blends several topics – one of them mildly humorous to the left – into one.

The immigration debate – which is important to manufactured housing producers, communities, retailers and the nation – took a back seat after a leak alleged that the President Donald J. Trump in a private meeting used the words “sh-thole” to describe certain third-world countries.

Some assert the comment was made; the White House denies it.  Either way, that dominated the airwaves, internet and television for days, with fresh cries of “racism” aimed at the 45th president; who prior to running was praised by black leaders like the Rev. Jessie Jackson, a Democratic supporter.

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Interestingly, not one but two black African national leaders have since praised President Trump for straight talk, and honest policies.

I wanted to thank you for the support we have received from you, personal, and your administration.  And we’re looking forward to also working with the United States at the level of the African Union, where we are tightening out reforms of the African Union, so that we get our act together to do the right things,” said Rwandan President Paul Kagame to POTUS Trump during a bilateral meeting at the world economic forum in Davos Switzerland Friday, per the Daily Caller.

America has got one of the best presidents ever,” Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni said Tuesday. “I don’t know whether he was misquoted or whatever. But he talks to Africans frankly.”

Yoweri reportedly added, “In the world, you cannot survive if you are weak.”

Whatever one thinks about the president, to be fair, media analysis demonstrates that taken the most negative press ever dished out in modern times, and has not caved into it.  Weak?  Hardly. So President Museveni has a point.

The Guggenheim’s “Gift”…

Meanwhile, perhaps related was a domestic slam of the new occupants of the 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., Washington, D.C. The Guggenheim Museum in NYC had a White House request for the loan of a painting, that Stuart Varney describes the video show.  The Washington Post reported having a copy of an email, that claimed that curator Nancy Spector, offered artist Maurizio Cattelan’s fully-functioning 18-karat gold toilet called America, which the museum just took off display.

“[The artist] would like to offer it to the White House for a long-term loan,” wrote Spector, a critic of President Trump.

So, many in Davos, Switzerland seem to be impressed with President Trump.  At least a some African leaders have shown him respect.

Yet there are those in the U.S. which seem determined to ignore the blinding reality of good economic news that the president’s policies are bringing to working class Americans, businesses and investors. Those policies are benefiting, per federal data,  includes minorities, and women, who are seeing the best job numbers in years.

 

Right-of-center Fox Business Network’s immigrant Stuart Varney’s fast take the on golden toilet outrage, something unimaginable to most prior presidents, is posted above. Potties and modern politics, Washington style?

The manufactured home industry can thank the Trump Administration for ordering the top-down review of HUD’s manufactured housing program.

The factory-built home industry can thank the president for putting the breaks on the CFPB too, and ordering program reviews there too.

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