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

May 13th, 2019 No comments

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

Booker on Antitrust, President Trump and Elizabeth Warren

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

 

The Issue of Antitrust, America, and MHVille

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2020 News: Big Brother, Antitrust – Anti-Monopoly – Manufactured Housing, and You

April 26th, 2019 Comments off

 

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Let’s string together what may seem to be disconnected points, that are in fact quite inter-related.

 

When the New York Times this morning opens with the words, “Joe Biden Announces 2020 Run for President, After Months of Hesitation” that is less than a ringing endorsement by their staff writers.

It is followed by this: “The former vice president has stayed on the sidelines while his record has been scrutinized. His entry is sure to reshape the Democratic primary contest.” Those parts of their morning news are certainly worthy of their flagship role in left-of-center media reporting.

A routine irony in reading the NYTimes is this. They often espouse a worldview where the elite can guide the nation into a better world.  For the NYT, government plays a key role in that vantagepoint.  So, headlines like this next one that is also from the NYTimes reveals that government intervention can often make a problem worse, not better.

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San Francisco Had an Ambitious Plan to Tackle School Segregation. It Made It Worse.” By Dana Goldstein, “A system devised to empower parents and integrate schools has not worked as intended, offering a cautionary tale to districts across the country.”

That subject, wittingly or not, is directly connected with access to affordable housing, and thus manufactured homes is in the background of so many of these issues.

Access to affordable housing is one of the larger issues that loom ahead.  So too are antitrust laws, and more.

Among the campaign issues in the various races for 2020 that will impact manufactured housing professionals and investors.  Among them are tax or regulatory policies, antitrust, land use or housing policies, law enforcement in general, finance or access to capital, and any rules or proposed laws that have a manufactured housing specific impact.

Ryan Young at the Competitive Enterprise Institute had this to say yesterday, “Both parties are making antitrust regulation a 2020 campaign issue. Neither President Trump nor most of the Democratic candidates are proposing improvements. Over at the Washington Examiner I take a closer look:

After a two-decade lull following the Microsoft case, big antitrust enforcement cases are back in vogue. Both political parties are making antitrust regulation a 2020 campaign issue. Regulators, politicians, and voters have reasonable concerns about concentrated corporate power. But few policies are easier for big companies to game than antitrust regulation. Reformers should favor having fewer regulations for special interests to capture, not more.”

Quoting that’s should not to be construed as MHProNews necessarily endorsing Young’s views.  Wheat and chaff, with all people and things.

 

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That disclaimer noted, it is to report that Young’s arguably correct about these aspects of his quoted statement above: “Both parties are making antitrust regulation a 2020 campaign issue,” that’s demonstrably true. Further, “big antitrust enforcement cases are back in vogue. Both political parties are making antitrust regulation a 2020 campaign issue. Regulators, politicians, and voters have reasonable concerns about concentrated corporate power.”

Other than MHProNews, there is no one else in manufactured housing trade media that has seriously dealt with the issue of monopolies, antitrust, and how those topics have and do impact the currently low state of the new manufactured housing industry production, sales and the ripple effect that has throughout the industry.

While others talk about monopolistic practices, say our competitors in trade media, they have largely avoid writing about the topic itself.  That revealing, isn’t it?

Now, hone in on this pull-quote from Young:

But few policies [antitrust law] are easier for big companies to game than antitrust regulation.”  That’s also arguably true, as our reports have tended to reveal.  For years, clever methods have been deployed that have as a goal expanding certain big-boy brands Moats. Those methods are ways to game the system.

As you discern who you plan to support in 2020, keep antitrust regulations and law enforcement in mind.

While the Trump Administration has not yet had a breakout case in antitrust, Young is correct in noting that “After a two-decade lull following the Microsoft case, big antitrust enforcement cases are back in vogue.”

As political realists here at MHProNews, one ought to recognize that the nearly two-year Mueller investigation was a drag on the White House politically. As a political ploy, and speaking from the independent perspective of a non-party aligned publication, the Mueller probe and others like it in Congress were arguably successful in hobbling the GOP during the first two years of the Trump Administration.

That’s now in the rearview mirror.  Useful economic growth policies are a testament to what was done despite a brazen attack on the 2016 election outcome.

So, it is unclear what President Donald J. Trump may or may not have done in the absence of that political assault exemplified by Mueller. That’s not to give the White House a pass, but it is a reality that in fairness ought to be considered.

 

Inside MH…

There is a message circulating yesterday and today from our publisher to specific industry leaders, trade publishers, and personalities. It seeks feedback from them.  Several in the message chain are tied to the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI), Clayton Homes, 21st Mortgage Corp, their attorneys, plus others.

Because there are already several federal and other investigations reportedly underway tied to the above, and the potential for more, it may not be a surprise if they continue to sit on their 5th Amendment right to remain silent.  Because anything they say could be used against them later in a court of law. MHProNews will update you on that outreach at an appropriate time.

But mainstream news evidence that such probes are ongoing is found in the video posted below.

 

Public viewing on that video are increasing since the Daily Business News on MHProNews began to post it.  Some things just take time, as Warren Buffett has said himself.

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Sidney Powell, JD, Former Federal Prosecutor on “Licensed to Lie”

February 4th, 2019 Comments off

 

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Stating the obvious can bring clarity to any subject. Objectivity is necessary in the affordable housing sector, as well as the manufactured home segment of housing. Businesses and investors act upon reality, or what they think is reality.

 

More broadly, objectivity – the search for truth vs. a convenient or comfortable story – is useful if not necessary in all things. For example, a person of sound mind doesn’t pay a physician to give a knowingly false diagnosis.

With that understanding, there are powerful currents at play in the U.S. in our era. Indeed, they are global currents, at work here and abroad. The Open Markets Institute (OMI) described it in these terms.

Big business and wealthy donors fund lobbyists and think tanks, corrupt academic science with “sponsored” research, and underwrite popular media publications and news networks. Through all these mechanisms, moneyed interests can control the flow of information in public debates and determine which issues become part of the nation’s political agenda, and which remain on the fringe,” said OMI.

That in a nutshell describes much of what MHProNews and our sister site, MHLivingNews, has been working to unmask via research, following the money, and documenting the evidence for years.

 

The Two Major Parties and Political Clout

One ought to mention in passing the “unholy alliance” that Senator Rand Paul (KY-R) has cited between Democrats and Republicans. That unholy alliance extends to ballot access at the state or local level. It’s a way of protecting the two major parties against potential alternatives. Libertarian, Green, Constitutional, and other parties are often kept off the ballot through standards that routinely are difficult for any but the two major parties to achieve.

Rephrased, it’s political collusion between Democrats and Republicans that results in a political monopoly.  More precisely, it’s a duopoly.

 

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That’s not news for some, but it would be for tens of millions of others. Nor does that does mean that the two parties are the same. They clearly are not. But they do at times work to preserve each other’s monopolies – duopoly – in the political sphere.

Once that “unholy alliance” is better understood, several items come into focus. These issues absolutely impact manufactured housing, and other professions as well.

But what makes HUD Code manufactured homes more vulnerable than other professions to political and regulatory winds is the relative weakness of the sector, due to its current size. In that limited sense, a point previously made by Nathan Smith of SSK Communities is correct, today, manufactured homes are a “boutique industry.”

That relatively small size of our industry today allows connected power players, including Smith and his “F” rated by the Better Business Bureau (BBB) SSK Communities, to influence the system more than others. Smith, a prominent Democrat, is the former chairman of the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) and their current MHI PAC chair. Quoting Smith should NOT be construed in any sense as an endorsement, we merely note that he is correct on the narrow point about the industry being “boutique” in size, more on Smith is found at the link here.

The industry’s small size clearly means that manufactured housing is more subject to other political or economic forces. When billionaires or wealthy firms want to buy influence, they can do so readily. If necessary, those with deep pockets can back candidates on both sides of the two-party political aisle, knowing they will then have an open door to whomever gets in office. Smith and others have made that same point.

Which goes back to the concept cited from Open Markets. Those who think that term limits or rolling back the Citizens United decision will change American politics may be sincere, but that vantagepoint is nevertheless mistaken.

Here’s how Open Markets explained it in an article entitled, Democracy and Monopoly.

More fundamentally, the focus on campaign finance reform fails to address the many other ways in which concentrated moneyed interests corrupt the political process.”

With that sobering yet arguably accurate backdrop consider this.

 

Each Major Party Has at Times Weaponized Federal Power 

What the former President Richard Nixon (R-GOP) era Watergate scandal brought to light was the high-level weaponization of the intelligence and federal law enforcement services. Before Democratic supporters gloat over that reality, it’s arguably happened as recently as the Obama Administration (D) era too. Some presidents – across the left-right divide – have done so with more or less vigor than others.

 

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For the next few minutes, this Daily Business News on MHProNews brief will underscore the following points.

The Trump Administration has purportedly been somewhat hobbled by forces launched within the federal government while President Barack Obama (D) was still in office.

 

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Former federal prosecutor Sidney Powell, JD, in the interview below explains some aspects of that problem.

 

 

Former CBS News investigative journalist and now independent “Full Measure” journalist Sharyl Attkisson has similarly documented how the Obama Administration targeted her work in journalism. Fox News’ reporter James Rosen was likewise targeted by members of the Obama Administration.

There are solutions to these and other vexing issues. It begins, as does all problem solving, with understanding. 

 

Its Elementary. Its About the Constitution

Once the issues are understood, the solutions can emerge.  Put simply, the road to solutions begins by enforcing the U.S. Constitution as written and following the original resolution.  Other solutions – however well intentioned – are arguably ineffective at best, or a smokescreen at worst. The false notion, for example, of an evolution of the meaning of a law or the constitution disrupts the stability of the law, which makes ownership or property, investing, and other peaceful pursuits possible.

 

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From a letter to the editor of MHProNews by Kurt Kelley about the importance of replacing the late Justice Antonin Scalia with a textual originalist, which President Donald J. Trump’s nomination of now Justice Neil Gorsuch was intended to accomplish.

 

After decades of national drift, intolerance for red herrings and more posturing without solutions should be stronger.

 

Where does the Final Word Rest? 

Many today feel frustrated by politics, but they may not be aware of the power they have.

The ultimate power of the legal system – the final word – lies in the hands of potential jurors. The power to enforce a law – whenever a defendant insists upon it – is decided by citizen-jurors.

 

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So never forget, you have more power over the law than you may realize. One juror can hold out, and effectively nullify a prosecution. It’s a principle long established in U.S. law. The juror can even ignore the judge’s instructions, and vote “not guilty,” as the legal citations below demonstrate.  That’s why the jury system was put in place in the constitution. Constitutional rights protect individual liberty, including against the power of rouges in runaway government, or the uber-rich who may misuse wealth to dominate the political system.

 

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You don’t have to be a fan of President Donald J. Trump to want equal justice under the law to be the the goal. Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe has arguably been illicit from the beginning. Democrat-backer Alan Dershowitz, Harvard Law professor emeritus, has argued against it. Mark Levin, JD, was anti-Trump before he became pro-Trump.  Levin has been shining a light on this topic for over a year. So too has MHProNews.

 

 

The president is a man, so by definition, he’s imperfect. That said, there is no known evidence of Russian collusion. Yet over 40 percent of the nation, according to public opinion polls, believe that to be the case. That’s possible because of the repeated reference to “allegations” of “Russian Collusion.” A lie, falsehood, spin or error repeated often enough becomes more widely believed.  Manufactured housing professionals – as part of a widely misunderstood industry – should be very sensitive to that sad reality.

As Attkisson suggests, question authority, follow the money, follow the evidence, and think objectively for yourself.

If POTUS Trump was a Russian pawn, as some oddly claim, then why is his foreign policy taking so many hard stands against Russian interests?

Russia has interfered in American and other elections for decades.  But so too as the U.S. interfered in the internal affairs of Russia and other nations. The claim of Russian collusions with the candidate Trump are absurd on its face. Whatever the political motivations of those who continue that false narrative, the reality is there is no evidence for it, after years and millions of dollars spent.

So the points – several – could be summed up like this. As the special counsel’s probe winds down, a report will be issued. As Mark Levin – himself a former Reagan era federal attorney – argues, this probe was tainted from the start. Mueller’s appointment was a political tool. It has had some success, as the 2018 midterms demonstrated.

As political independents, the publishers of MHProNews believe there are places that the two parties can and should work together in a bipartisan way. We’ve preached separating ‘wheat from chaff‘ for years.  A new example is the report linked here and below.

 

 

But it is important to recognize that the news can and is manipulated. The Open Markets Institute (OMI) is arguably correct about that claim. It’s a point that MHProNews – as the largest and most-read trade publisher in manufactured housing – has hammered on for years.

 

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Full Measure’s Sharyl Attiksson’s media bias chart is useful in sorting out the agendas behind various headlines and news sources. 

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Deepa Kumar quote from the thought-provoking video documentary, Shadows of Liberty, posted on the linked page above.

 

We source across the left-right divide, ever seeking truth over spin. Spin is what the powers that be in the Omaha-Knoxville-Arlington axis produce, via their echo-chamber house organs. But that’s a subset of a greater challenge.

 

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This Danny Glover quote is from the fascinating video documentary, Shadows of Liberty, posted on the linked page above.  It is similar to what the Open Market Institute (OMI) said, quoted further above. Note, as with any other quote, that doesn’t mean that we agree with other positions or claims made by the source of a given quote. 

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Dan Rather quote is also from the compelling video, Shadows of Liberty, posted on the linked page further below.

 

There are reasons that the axis and their surrogates fear MHProNews in industry trade publishing, because unmasking the truth is the start of becoming more free. Or as the Good Book says, “My People perish for a lack of knowledge,” (Hosea 4:6) and “…the truth will set you free.” (John 8:32b).

The rule of law is necessary and healthy for investment and the ownership of private property. So, violations or abuses of the rule of law will routinely harms numbers of individuals, investors, and businesses.

Understanding combined with correct action are the ways that manufactured housing will regain – and can surpass – its prior glory days.  The same is true for our American Republic.

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“Playing Politics” – Immigration, Border Battle, and Manufactured Housing

January 11th, 2019 Comments off

 

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What happens with jobs, businesses, stock markets, and the economy clearly have an impact on the nation, of which manufactured housing is a part.

 

For close readers of the Daily Business News evening market report here on MHProNews, there is a notably strong corollary between what the broader markets do, and what occurs with manufactured housing connected equities. While one could debate if that should be so or not, in rears, it is so.

 

Investor relations and quarterly statements by publicly trade firms involved in manufactured housing often cite the jobs market or broader economic conditions as a factor in their firm’s performance.  These are among the reasons for the evolution of our evening market report plus some special reports that are “News Through the Lens of Manufactured Homes, and Factory-Built Housing.” © Broader economic, political, and market conditions most certainly impact manufactured, modular and prefab homes. 

ICE raids on factory-builders are just one direct example of how immigration and border policies touch upon the manufactured home industry.

 

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Another is the presence of undocumented, falsely documented, or illegal aliens at manufactured home (MH) sales centers and who are living in thousands of MH communities.

 

Who is Playing Politics?

The answer to this question is simple. Both major parties are playing politics.

Democrats and Republicans alike are hoping to score points for the 2020 election, since campaigns are de facto already underway.  Each side has media allies that are carrying water for them.  

That noted, the better question is what is the correct policy for the border and immigration?   To explore that, we’ll begin with each sides claims. Here are the two videos from the President Trump’s Address to the Nation on the border issue, and the Democratic response. We’ll let the Democratic video go first. This version from the Washington Post had 988,348 views as of 4:53 PM ET on 1.11.2018.  

 

 

Next video is the President Trump’s address from the Oval Office.  This Fox News version of the video has had 507,544 view as of 4:57 PM ET, on 1.11.2019.  The Deadline said that some 41 million Americans watched this under 9 minutes live. That same source said that the total viewers that watched the Democratic response topped that who viewed the president’s address.  

 

 

Those high viewer numbers reflect what a recent AP NORC poll said, that immigration is among the top issues on the minds of Americans of all political stripes.

 

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The poll found that 65 percent of Republicans say immigration is one of the top five problems facing the country, up from 42 percent in 2017. Among Democrats, 37 percent cite immigration as a top issue, compared with just 2 in 10 a year ago,” said ABC 5.

Roughly two-thirds of those who named immigration as a top priority express little confidence in the government to make progress this year, including a third who say they are “not at all” confident,” per ABC 5 on that AP-NORC poll. “About a third say they are at least moderately confident in the government to make progress on immigration.”

 

Facts, Figures, and Political Posturing

When former President Barack Obama’s new home in metro Washington, D.C. was acquired, the Obamas had a wall built for enhanced security. The White House is behind a fence.  It is common for the rich and famous to fence or wall of their properties as part of the security.

There are videos of former Senator and President Barack Obama supporting border security that included double fencing, roads, and other measures. It is foolish for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, or former Senator and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to argue that a border barrier is immoral, racist, or anything else, when they have all supported legislation that included fencing.

There is also no doubt that the candidate Donald J. Trump said that Mexico would pay for the wall. The President also said that he would own the shutdown of the federal government. These are indisputable. It is also true that the border barriers won’t stop all drugs or other illegal activities from occurring.

Border agents, years of actual history along fenced parts of the border, and the experiences of other nations all demonstrate that fencing and walls work. Locks on your door won’t keep out everyone that means to do you or your possessions harm. But we don’t remove doors or locks just because they are not 100 percent effective.

Illegal immigration is costly to America’s citizens. It has proven fatal or deadly to thousands harmed by the small percentage of criminals who come into the U.S. via the southern border.

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A Democrat representative said this week that the calls into one of his district’s office for border control was running about 10 to 1 in favor of fencing, barriers, or a wall.

The law of supply and demand tells us that more low cost, low skill labor harms the earning power of other workers.  It is worth noting that both sides claim to want to improve the flow of needed, higher skill workers.

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Talk radio king Rush Limbaugh reported floated a surprising ‘solution’ to the border debate standoff. And it requires no fencing, barriers, or walls. 

The solution, he opined, perhaps somewhat tongue-in-cheek “…enforce the law.” 

  • Mandatory eVerify. No hiring of any workers that don’t have legal status and the proper documents to go with it.
  • No healthcare, education, housing assistance, or any other benefits for undocumented foreign nationals.

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Style may bother some people, but facts and common sense should rule. 

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The video below from left-of-center CNBC explains that in 3 weeks, the shutdown could cost the nation more than the $5.6 billion that President Trump is asking for in border and related security funding.

 

 

There are good odds that President Trump will declare a state of emergency, and attempt to build the wall that way.

There are equally good odds that it will be challenged in a court by Democrats where they will expect a favorable ruling. Then a new phase of the struggle over the border issue begins in the courts.  

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Near All-Time Record, Confidence Means MORE Sales and Business

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When consumers are confident, they tend to buy more.

 

Who says? 

The Consumer Confidence Index (CCI) is based on the concept that if consumers are optimistic, they tend to purchase more goods and services,” said Investopedia.

U.S. consumer confidence rebounded in April and new home sales increased more than expected in March, pointing to underlying strength,” said Reuter’s on April, 24, 2018, in a trend that has continued into the summer and fall.

Independent producers of manufactured homes have made similar statements, one that the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) has often noted in their reports.

So it is no wonder that all housing sales are rising, including manufactured home sales.

 

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What the Consumer Conference Board reported for September, 2018 are near record highs.

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The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index® increased in September, following a large improvement in August., said the Nielsen owned operation in a media release including the Daily Business News on MHProNews. “The Index now stands at 138.4 (1985=100), up from 134.7 in August. The Present Situation Index improved marginally from 172.8 to 173.1, while the Expectations Index surged from 109.3 last month to 115.3 this month.”

The monthly Consumer Confidence Survey®, based on a probability-design random sample, is conducted for The Conference Board by Nielsen, a leading global provider of information and analytics around what consumers buy and watch,” stated the Nielsen-affilated Conference Board. “The cutoff date for the preliminary results was September 14.” 

After a considerable improvement in August, Consumer Confidence increased further in September and hovers at an 18-year high,” said Lynn Franco, Director of Economic Indicators at The Conference Board. She also serves on the board of the Demand Institute.

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The September reading is not far from the all-time high of 144.7 reached in 2000. Consumers’ assessment of current conditions remains extremely favorable, bolstered by a strong economy and robust job growth. The Expectations Index surged in September, suggesting solid economic growth exceeding 3.0 percent for the remainder of the year. These historically high confidence levels should continue to support healthy consumer spending, and should be welcome news for retailers as they begin gearing up for the holiday season,” Franco said.

 

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Reading the Trend Lines

As you look at the Conference Board’s consumer confidence graphic’s latest trend lines, consumer confidence dropped to its low in late 2009. Consumer confidence rose in the years that followed, but began to decline again in 2015.   

Consumer confidence dipped to another low-point near mid-2016, but has risen steadily as the economy improved in 2017 and 2018. 

Consumers’ assessment of current conditions held steady in September, said the Conference Board.

Those stating business conditions are “good” increased from 40.5 percent to 41.4 percent, while those saying business conditions are “bad” declined marginally from 9.3 percent to 9.1 percent. Consumers’ assessment of the labor market was somewhat more favorable. Those claiming jobs are “plentiful” increased from 42.3 percent to 45.7 percent, but those claiming jobs are “hard to get” increased from 12.1 percent to 13.2 percent.”

Perhaps more interesting for some is the outlook that consumers have.

The Conference Board said that “Consumers’ optimism about the short-term outlook improved considerably in September. The percentage of consumers anticipating business conditions will improve over the next six months increased from 24.4 percent to 27.6 percent, while those expecting business conditions will worsen declined, from 9.9 percent to 8.0 percent. Consumers’ outlook for the labor market was also more upbeat. The proportion expecting more jobs in the months ahead increased from 21.5 percent to 22.5 percent, while those anticipating fewer jobs decreased from 13.2 percent to 11.0 percent. Regarding their short-term income prospects, the percentage of consumers expecting an improvement declined from 25.4 percent to 22.6 percent, but the proportion expecting a decrease declined marginally, from 6.9 percent to 6.5 percent.”

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The Conference Board delivers trusted insights for what’s ahead. We connect senior executives across industries and geographies to share ideas, develop insights, and recommend policy to address key issues. Our mission is to help leaders anticipate what’s ahead, improve their performance and better serve society. The Conference Board is a non-advocacy, not-for-profit entity holding 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt status in the United States. http://www.conference-board.org.    

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What Could This Mean?

It is precisely because this reference is nonpartisan that makes it an interesting possible indicator for what lies ahead, one that differs from partisan political polling.

These are among the factors that could indicate that the so-called coming ‘blue wave’ reported by so much of the mainstream media could prove to be wrong on election night, November 6, 2018.

President Donald J. Trump has been touting his administration’s economic successes, which included the replacement for NAFTA, the USMCA, that was announced yesterday.  He drew a packed crowd last night in TN, where he campaigned for GOP candidates, including Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn.  “A vote for Marsha is really a vote for me,” said President Trump to last night’s enthusiastic crowd, “and for everything that we stand for. It’s a vote for Make America Great Again, that what it is.”

The full length rally is found below, which opens with chants of “USA! USA! USA!” Clearly, pride in America – confidence – is coming back.

 

 

Small Business Optimism (SBO) is also at record highs.  See that further below, under the related reports, linked below. That’s this morning’s “News Through the Lens of Manufactured Homes, and Factory-Built Housing,” © where “We Provide, You Decide.” © ## (News, analysis, and commentary.)

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Message from White House, Federal Officials on Hurricane Florence, Other Looming Storms

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The White House pressroom has released the following statement last night to MHProNews readers.

 

It should be noted that the latest information this morning indicates that Florence may be weakening. But even if the storm stalls, it could result in tremendous rainfalls, that can lead to flooding and other life-threatening safety issues.

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That said, as President Trump and local officials have urged, readers in the path of the events should take every precaution.

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This week, three major storms threaten American communities across an area spanning nearly 5,000 miles: Hurricane Florence (the Southeastern coast), Tropical Storm Olivia (Hawaii), and Tropical Storm Isaac (the Caribbean).

Hurricane Florence in particular poses a catastrophic threat to millions living in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Virginia. The storm is expected to produce total rainfall of 20 to 30 inches, with isolated amounts up to 40 inches. “These numbers are hard to comprehend, but based on past experience, this amount of rain produces life-threatening, catastrophic flooding,” the National Weather Service tweeted.

President Donald J. Trump met with Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, FEMA Administrator Brock Long, and other senior officials yesterday in the Oval Office to discuss preparations. “Hurricane Florence is setting out to be a devastating event,” Administrator Long said, comparing its potential to Hurricane Hugo in 1989.

The Administration is focused on helping state leaders and the general public alike before, during, and after the storm makes landfall. “We’re supporting the governors with achieving their life safety evacuation and movements,” Administrator Long said. “We’re focused on mass care and sheltering. And then we’ll be focused on helping them to execute their response and recovery goals.”

Earlier this week, President Trump approved emergency declarations for SouthCarolinaNorth Carolina, and Virginia. “I’ve spoken with the governors,” President Trump said yesterday. “They’re prepared. We’re prepared.”

To all Americans in the path of these storms: Be safe, be ready, and follow the advice of local officials.  

For more information and resources, please visit www.ready.gov.

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

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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.

 

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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

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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.

With a clear-eyed understanding of itself and the broader political landscape, the industry that HUD Secretary Ben Carson called “amazing!” – today’s manufactured homes – could be poised for greater days. But that is only going to occur if we act with clarity of thought and determined vision. ## (News, analysis, and commentary.)

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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”

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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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