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Jenny Hodge, National Community Council, Public Time-Bomb Deployed on Manufactured Housing Institute, Prominent MHI Lender

May 3rd, 2017 Comments off
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It’s axiomatic. Today’s news becomes tomorrow’s history. Journalist Alan Barth wrote, “News is only the first rough draft of history.” As confirmation hearings and political campaigns often prove, history can in turn make news. Most have had the experience of saying or writing something yesterday, that proved awkward days, months — or years later.

Thus, Andy Rooney’s advice, “Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat them.”

In another exclusive Flashback report on the Daily Business Reports, what the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI’s) top staffer for the National Communities Council (NCC) – Jenny Hodge – stated then may come back to haunt the national association she works for, now…

Hodge on Transparency

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Our industry is certainly not immune to the forces of market transparency created by the ubiquitous influence of the Internet,” Hodge wrote in 2013, in an article entitled, Evolving the Model for Continued Improvement (see linked copy, below).

Hodge thoughtfully urged strategies mindful of the revelations that the internet created.

The problem?

MHI’s own perceived failures at transparency in communications.  Those alleged failures could be applied to their “weaponized” words – sent or spoken to their own members – and also to the public at large.

Member Frank Rolfe is just one of the more vocal ones who’s blasted MHI’s “hypocrisy,” and failure to communicate – or MHI doing so with transparency.

Eagle One Financial Senior Vice President, Titus Dare is another who said that MHI’s advertorials, are an embarrassing communications tool, one that the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) would never use.

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To see the report above, click the image.

Hodge’s Time-Bomb Drops on MHI, MHI Lender

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As more and more loan portfolios are seen (and documented) to perform well, capital will reenter the space.” Hodge correctly pointed out that new capital wants data on loan performance.

MHI tells its members – and those in the world who might listen – that they want to promote chattel lending by the Government Sponsored Enterprises (GSEs, or Enterprises) of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

However, there are numerous reports that MHI’s chairman, Tim Williams of 21st Mortgage, said in a meeting room in San Antonio that his company had not released loan performance data to FHFA/the GSEs.

Furthermore, in the same meeting, Williams said his company was concerned that if the GSE’s entered the manufactured home lending space, they [the GSE’s] may take the better “credit tranches,” leaving them with poorer ones.

Does Hodge’s words about “transparency” – and the need for prospective new lenders to have sound “and documented” data – apply to their positions allegedly expressed by MHI’s chairman and the company he leads?

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While one can certainly understand the desire of a lender to protect their market share, why does MHI tell their members, the industry at large, and those outside who will listen that they are working to get the Duty to Serve with chattel lending to become a reality, when their chairman has not done what Hodge says a lender – such as the GSE’s – naturally want and need in order to enter the market? Image credit is as shown above.

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Applying Hodge’s time-bomb words implies the following.

The upshot from a lack of transparency, and lack of documented data by the industry’s largest lender would tend to push the GSEs away from doing chattel loans in manufactured home land-lease communities, or elsewhere.

If the rumors and claims reported by sources to MHProNews about the Enterprises doing – maybe – only one or two limited – and multi-year – pilot projects proves accurate, it’s precisely because they lacked the data and transparency the GSEs felt they needed.

That would in turn point back to the industry’s largest lender’s stated unwillingness to provide said data, and statements reportedly made by him with several dozen industry professionals in an MHI meeting in San Antonio, earlier this year.

Why Doesn’t MHI Push for Pam Danner’s Removal at HUD? 

Or Why Does MHI Keep Promoting Preserving Access?

Those questions may also find their candid, if awkward, answers in Hodge’s published article.

Another trend likely to continue is the increasing regulatory burden that has hurt the smaller, independent operators of manufactured home communities and resulted in continued industry consolidation.”

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MHI’s networking events – such as this week’s ‘Congress and Expo’ in Las Vegas – are considered by many to be worth-while for business. Beyond networking meetings, how has MHI done at achieving their own stated agenda in Washington, D.C..? When asked to comment or outline their lobbying accomplishments, MHI has been silent. When asked to explain why they complain in writing about HUD, yet are not seeking to change the person – Pam Danner – one or more there allegedly helped put in at HUD, MHI is silent. To a few who’ve heard from MHI leaders on the subject, they’ve told MHProNews that MHI says they’re moving on from the HUD program leadership discussion – meaning, they are okay with keeping Pam Danner.  Do they really want change that will ease regulatory burdens?  Or are they ok with “consolidations,” which Hodge’s column clearly says is the result of such burdensome regulations? 

If that’s true – and she isn’t alone in that belief – doesn’t that potent quote from Hodge expose what MHI is allowing to occur, precisely by not successfully addressing regulatory burdens? 

If MHI appears to be making a ‘good effort,’ but comes up short – the impact on independent communities – or retailers, HUD Code builders, others – is the same.

As Hodge aptly put it, “…increasing regulatory burden that has hurt the smaller, independent operators of manufactured home communities [and other businesses of all types in the industry] and resulted in continued industry consolidation.”

Several MHI members – and even more non-members – believe that the Arlington, VA based association is either mishandling, blowing smoke or fumbling opportunities in their self-promoted lobbying activities, which they style as “Housing Alerts.

Those MHI “alerts” may generate hundreds of emails from industry professionals who sincerely want regulatory relief.

MHI’s top staff cheer-lead around how many emails they generate.  They tout how many are co-sponsoring their Preserving Access bill.

But after years of effort – and millions spent – what positive change have they actually effected?  Where is their claimed “clout?”

If those who believe in conspiracy theories are correct – repeated failures by MHI to achieve promised goals leaves the heavy regulatory burdens intact.

Hodge’s analysis in 2013 stated those regulatory burdens push more industry professionals out-of-the-business.  That would impact thousands of “mom and pop” sized, and other industry companies. Those in turn would often sell to larger operations, which are more able to deal with those regulatory challenges.

The more things change, the more they stay the same,” Hodge said in her opening line.  When applied to how things are done at MHI, has Hodge’s keen statements proven to be true?

Does a close analysis of her article create a new – ironically inconsistent, and contradictory communications tension – in messaging from within MHI itself? ##

(For the full context of Hodge’s comments and the article Evolving the Model for Continued Improvement, please click here.)

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Submitted by Soheyla Kovach to the Daily Business News on MHProNews.com.

 

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President Trump at 100 Days: Numbers, Polls

April 25th, 2017 Comments off
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As President Donald Trump reaches the magic 100-day mark in office, new polling and statistics show that many American’s believe he’s getting the job done.

According to Lifezette, approximately 73 percent of American voters approve of President Trump’s performance in fighting for American jobs in an ABC News/Washington Post poll released this past Sunday.

As noted, this poll finds no evidence of buyer’s remorse among Trump supporters,” the polling analysis read.

Among those who report having voted for him in November, 96 percent today say it was the right thing to do; a mere 2 percent regret it. And if a rerun of the election were held today, the poll indicates even the possibility of a Trump victory in the popular vote among 2016 voters.”

The poll surveyed over 1000 voters, with the goal of measuring President Trump’s performance during his first 100 days in office. The poll also showed that a significant majority of Americans believe the President is keeping the pressure on U.S. based companies to keep jobs in the country, and 53 percent see the President as a strong leader.

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In addition, data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) shows that over the first 100 days, the unemployment rate for 16-24 rear olds has decreased from 10.1 percent to 9.1 percent; the rate for 20-24 year olds has decreased from 8.3 percent to 7.3 percent, and the rate for 25-34 year olds has decreased from 4.9 percent to 4.5 percent.

Over 317,000 non-farm jobs have been created, and there have been surges in both the construction and manufacturing sectors.

Confidence is playing a large role,” said Mark Zandi, chief economist of Moody’s Analytics.

Businesses are anticipating a lot of good stuff – tax cuts, less regulation. They are hiring more aggressively.”

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April 26 marks First Lady Melania Trump’s birthday, shown here in a photo with her husband, President Donald Trump and their son, Barron. Credit: People, shown under fair use guidelines.

A View from the Industry

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Even with the progress that’s been made, President Trump still faces an uphill battle. While there are certainly skeptics in the industry, MHProNews routinely hears from those who are happy and encouraged by the president’s efforts and actions.

This week, Todd Lamb of Lamb Investments told MHProNews,  “Pray for Donald Trump, the President is under constant attack.”

MHARR CEO, M. Mark Weiss, JD, shared similar thoughts with MHProNews in a story, linked here. MHARR’s top staff have praised the early Trump Administration efforts, as the video shown above demonstrates.

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As well as the markets and new job creation are already responding to his initiatives, where could we be if there wasn’t a non-stop assault on our new president?” said MHProNews  and MHLivingNews Publisher L.A. “Tony” Kovach.

Back in November, Tim Williams told MHProNews that, “I am deeply encouraged that less than 24 hours into President Trump’s term, he has frozen new, potentially burdensome regulations.”  For his full comments, click here.

For more on the progress of the Trump Administration, including proposed budget cuts to National Public Radio (NPR) and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), click here. ##

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Richard Jennison, Manufactured Housing Institute, Worth Millions to MH Industry? Facts from MHI Report

March 5th, 2017 Comments off

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MHI’s organizational mission statement as obtained from GuideStar, reads as follows.

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Improve the overall operating environment for the Manufactured Housing industry and expand the demand for manufactured homes by seeking fair and equitable treatment in the marketplace and the regulatory and legislative arenas.”

Top Lines from Attached MHI 990

MHI reported a $3.25 million dollar budget in 2014, the most recent year available.

 

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MHI had a $3.25 Million budget in 2014, per their federal 990 filings.  Obtained from GuideStar. The entire document is available as a download, near the end of this post.

 

Top Line Revenue and Expenses Highlights

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Approaching $500,000 in a single year’s compensation for president Richard A. Jennison and the now former SVP for government relations, Jason Boehlert.  Good investments?

 

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$3.25 million dollar budget, and expenses of $2.89 million for 2014. Obtained from GuideStar, MHI form 990. The entire document is available as a download, near the end of this post.

 

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Note: these figures do not include MHI PAC.

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Note that MHI didn’t report spending anything on promotion, see #12 above.

 

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Note: that providing information to members and non-members is part of the MHI’s own 990 report filings. Then on what basis is MHI allegedly threatening MHProNews for revealing information about financing and other issues important to industry members? Is there an apparent contradiction between MHI’s words and actions? Regarding the highlighted portion, are MHI business meetings listening sessions, or are they more ‘tell the members the direction we are going’ sessions?

There are several questions and requests for documents and records that have been requested from MHI by MHProNews that have gone unanswered.  Some are as basic as providing the organization’s bylaws, which they are required and obliged to do with any member company.

MHProNews will feature a series of reports in the March 2017 Featured Articles, several of which will focus on MHI and other Industry members, and their pointed questions about MHI’s effectiveness.

The full download of MHI’s 2014 Form 990 is at this link here.  Consider their mission, budgets and effectiveness. Are they meeting their own targets?

We Provide, You Decide.” © ##

Publication Notice: New March 2017 featured articles will begin going live later today, and will continue to be posted on the MHProNews home page over the next 48 hours.

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L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach addressing industry professionals in an educational session. For Tunica Show updates, featuring business building sessions moderated by Kovach, click here.

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MHARR: President Trump’s Actions Offer Major Opportunity for MH Industry and Consumers

February 28th, 2017 Comments off
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Washington, D.C., February 28, 2017 – The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) tells MHProNews that Executive Orders issued by President Trump within the past thirty days provide an unprecedented opportunity for the federally-regulated manufactured housing industry and American consumers who rely upon manufactured homes.

The orders, says MHARR, fulfill the campaign promises by the President to significantly curtail the “regulatory state,” provide a solid basis for the industry and consumers to seek the elimination or modification of needless, job-killing federal regulations that unnecessarily increase the cost of the nation’s most affordable homes.

President Trump’s actions also provide a foundation for fundamental reforms to the manufactured housing program at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), to bring the program into full compliance with the landmark Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000.

MHARR says that executive orders issued on January 30th and February 24th require virtually all federal agencies to identify at least two existing regulations to be repealed for each new regulation added to the agency. Further, the agencies must designate a “Regulatory Reform Officer” and appoint a “Regulatory Reform Task Force” to identify regulations that eliminate jobs or inhibit job creation that are outdated, unnecessary or ineffective.

In combination with the government-wide regulatory freeze order implemented January 20th, and the pending confirmation of Dr. Ben Carson, as HUD Secretary, MHARR says that these mandates offer potentially once-in-a-lifetime opportunities for the industry and consumers to put a severely out-of-touch and out-of-control federal manufactured housing program back on-track.

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The stance of the Trump Administration on the needless regulatory burdens confronting America’s small businesses is a godsend for the manufactured housing industry and the mostly lower and moderate-income Americans who rely on its homes for affordable, non-subsidized housing,” said MHARR President and CEO, Mark Weiss.

With these new policies, the industry and consumers have an unprecedented opportunity to achieve and cement in place the major program reforms mandated by Congress in the 2000 reform law. While MHARR intends to aggressively pursue this opportunity, it cannot be the only industry organization seeking fundamental change to put the federal program back on track.

The go-along-to-get-along segment of the industry, accordingly, has a crucial decision to make – to either embrace fundamental change, or continue protecting an unacceptable and indefensible status quo.

The full release from MHARR is linked here.

For MHARR’s comments on the State Administrative Agencies (SAA) funding rule, click here. ##

 

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Small Business Optimism Index: January Results

February 17th, 2017 Comments off
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Almost one month into the Donald Trump administration, things continue to look up.

According to the National Federal of Independent Business (NFIB) survey, small business confidence, which saw the largest month-over-month increase in the survey’s history in December, has now reached its highest point in more than a decade.

 

 

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December and confirmed in January,” said NFIB President and CEO Juanita Duggan.

Small business owners like what they see so far from Washington.

The Index reached 105.9 in January, an increase of 0.1 points, the highest point since December 2004.

The continued surge in optimism is a welcome sign that economic growth is coming,” said NFIB Chief Economist Bill Dunkelberg.

The very positive expectations that we see in our data have already begun translating into hiring and spending in the small business sector.

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The NFIB survey is a monthly snapshot of small businesses in the U.S., which account for most private-sector jobs and about half of the country’s economic output. Economists look to the report for a read on domestic demand and to extrapolate hiring and wage trends in the broader economy.

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The January jobs report surprised pundits and disappointed critics, coming in strong and well ahead of ‘consensus,” said Dunkelberg.

NFIB survey results anticipated the strong showing as their optimism gets translated into hiring action. Gains in expected sales require more workers to produce output and handle sales. The increase in labor force participation was a welcome sign, suggesting that labor markets are not as tight as the unemployment rate indicates which went up, and that, as opportunities materialize and compensation rises, more workers will re-enter the labor force.

The report from the NFIB is based on a survey of 1,874 small business owners. According to the Small Business Administration (SBA), small companies represent 99 percent of all U.S. Employers.

We’ve had very low growth for years, mainly because small businesses have been tied down by regulations, taxes, and spiraling health insurance costs,” said Duggan.

Now they can see relief on the horizon, and they are much more optimistic about the future.

For more on last month’s NFIB survey and commentary from the manufactured housing industry, click here. ##

 

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MHARR: President Trump’s Regulatory Orders to Directly Impact MH

February 3rd, 2017 Comments off
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Washington, D.C., – The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) tells MHProNews that regulatory orders issued by the new Administration of President Donald J. Trump should have a direct impact on manufactured homes regulated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), but face defiance, particularly at HUD, from entrenched regulators and revenue-driven contractors.

Soon after the November 8, 2016 national election, MHARR became the first and only national manufactured housing industry organization to publicly call for the deferral of any action on three pending regulations affecting manufactured housing. The regulations were based on a November 15, 2016 memorandum sent by the leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives to all Executive Branch federal agencies, warning any agency against finalizing pending rules or regulations in the [Obama] Administration’s last days.”

MHARR called on the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) to defer action on a HUD “Interpretive Bulletin” (IB) regarding manufactured home foundations and DOE manufactured housing energy standards that would needlessly and discriminatorily exclude millions from the manufactured housing market. It also included any final FHFA “Duty to Serve Underserved Markets” (DTS) implementation rule that did not include the full securitization and secondary market support of manufactured housing personal property chattel loans by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

While the DOE has taken no further action on its manufactured housing energy rule, both the FHFA and HUD have taken defiant positions against a regulatory moratorium on these manufactured housing issues.

The Trump Administration put a regulatory freeze on all federal regulations on January 20th. 

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

This new perspective offers the industry and consumers the long-overdue opportunity that they have needed to demand new leadership at HUD, in full compliance with the 2000 reform law, and complete consumer financing parity at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Hopefully all segments of the industry will recognize this and join forces to pursue this sorely-needed relief.

The full MHARR statement is available for Daily Business News readers here. ##

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Movie Stars & Quality Affordable Homes – How a Park became a Community and “City”

December 30th, 2016 Comments off

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With an eye to history and the future, Shukle has weaved an account that points-the-way that affordable housing was created and preserved, first with pre-HUD Code mobile homes, and later with post-code manufactured homes.

The narrator brings together how movie stars, politics and solution-oriented action were all a part of this fascinating story.

Thanks to Mark Brunner, President of the Manufactured & Modular Home Association of Minnesota, this insightful story has been made available on MHLivingNews.com, at this link here.  ##

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Paul Bradley – Mom and I Believe in Manufactured Homes!

December 15th, 2016 Comments off

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That’s the ‘heart’ of the story behind Paul Bradley, ROC USA president, purchasing a manufactured home for his mother, Lois Bradley.

Bradley tells that story in his own words, complete with a photo spread, at this link here. ##

(Collage Image Credits: MHLivingNews, ROC USA and Marlette by Clayton Homes.)

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Prominent Democratic Lawyer Defends Breitbart’s Steve Bannon

November 17th, 2016 Comments off
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Alan Dershowitz – an emeritus law professor at Harvard University, high profile member of the O.J. Simpson defense team and staunch Democrat – is speaking out in response to strong rhetoric against Breitbart Chairman, Steve Bannon.

It is not legitimate to call somebody an anti-Semite because you might disagree with their policies,” said Dershowitz.

Going on the record with Breitbart, Dershowitz shared strong feelings about Bannon and how he’s being talked about in the media.

I think we have to be very careful before we accuse any particular individual of being an anti-Semite,” said Dershowitz.The evidence certainly suggests that Mr. Bannon has very good relationships with individual Jews. My former researcher, Joel Pollak, is an Orthodox Jew who takes off the Jewish holidays, who is a committed Jew and a committed Zionist, and he has worked closely with him. He has been supportive of Israel.

So, I haven’t seen any evidence of personal anti-Semitism on the part of Bannon. I think the Breitbart headline about a conservative republican being a renegade Jew was ill advised, but it doesn’t suggest to me anti-Semitism. It suggests to me a degree of carelessness.

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Dershowitz continued, pointing to the issue of bigotry on both the left and the right.

I think the larger problem – and it’s a very complicated one today – is how you assess a person who himself might not have negative characteristics, but who has widespread appeal to people who do. And I think that problem exists on the right and the left,” said Dershowitz.

I think there are left-wing candidates who appeal to some of the worst bigots on the hard left. Anti-Semites on the hard left. Anti-Israel people on the hard left. And I think the same thing is probably true of some very right-wing conservatives who appeal advertently or inadvertently to people whose values they probably themselves don’t agree with.

As Daily Business News readers are already aware, president-elect Donald Trump named Bannon earlier this week as the chief strategist for the new White House administration.

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When asked about whether or not the claims against Bannon demeaned the term anti-Semitism, Dershowitz felt that they did.

I think so. And I think one has to be very careful about using the term anti-Semitic in two ways. One, I don’t think anybody should be called or accused of being anti-Semitic unless the evidence is overwhelming. And then the second, more subtle and difficult issue is what about characterizing supporters or people who follow them?  Subtle distinctions have to be made,” said Dershowitz.

One has to be concerned about any group, right or left, that has widespread appeal to bigots. And I think they have to look in the mirror and ask themselves why. And that’s a legitimate point to make.

But it is not legitimate to call somebody an anti-Semite because you might disagree with their policies.  Or because in one instance, like in the Bannon case, an aggrieved wife in a divorce may have said something which he himself has denied having said. I think you always have to have a presumption of innocence and of good faith. And so, I am not prepared to accept those conclusions based on the evidence that I have now seen.

Morton A. Klein, president of the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) also issued a statement.

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It is painful to see Anti-Defamation League (ADL) president Jonathan Greenblatt engaging in character assassination against president-elect Trump’s appointee Stephen Bannon and Mr. Bannon’s company, Breitbart Media,” said Klein.

ADL/Greenblatt essentially accused Mr. Bannon and his media company of ‘ Anti-Semitism ‘ and Israel hatred, when Jonathan Greenblatt/ADL tweeted that Bannon ‘presided over the premier website of the ‘alt right’ – a loose-knit group of white nationalists and anti-Semites.

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Klein shared that the organizations own experience with, and analysis of, Breitbart articles confirms Bannon’s friendship and fair-mindedness towards Jewish people and Israel.

To accuse Mr. Bannon and Breitbart of anti-Semitism is Orwellian,” said Klein.

In fact, Breitbart bravely fights against anti-Semitism. Here are a few of the many examples:

Stephen Bannon joined ZOA in fighting the anti-Semitic rallies at CUNY by requiring his Breitbart reporters to call CUNY officials and Gov. Cuomo aides urging them to do something about it.

A View from the Manufactured Housing Industry 

MHProNews and MHLivingNews publisher L.A. “Tony” Kovach provided insight as to why keeping a clear mind about president-elect Trump is critical to the MH industry.

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The anti-Trump forces have already shown their willingness to play loose with the truth, and to throw around terms such as racist, bigot, misogynistic and xenophobic to try to stop the candidate turned-president-elect,” said Kovach. “Yet people that know Mr. Trump and his business history shows he is more equal opportunity than his former presidential rival was.

There are many possible benefits to a Trump presidency for manufactured housing, our customers and the nation,” Kovach said. “Open minded, objective industry members must be vigilant in not letting unjust slurs stop him from achieving policy objectives that will benefit the vast majority of the public.

The a new Masthead column from Kovach, featuring industry feedback, is posted here. ##

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Manufactured Home Set on Fire, Anti-Trump Messages Spray-Painted on Another

November 16th, 2016 Comments off
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A manufactured home community in Tampa is recovering from what appears to be post-election rage.

According to Bay News 9, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office is investigating graffiti spray-painted on two east Tampa manufactured homes that has also led to an arson investigation.

County fire rescue initially responded to the community in the 10000 block of Bryan Road in east Tampa at 1:15am on November 14th.

Firefighters found a manufactured home with multiple spray-painted messages regarding President-elect Donald Trump and the recent election.

The messages read “F–k Trump and “Burn everything.

Another message read “BLM,” which is how the Black Lives Matter movement is often referenced.

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Resident Anna Foster. Credit: FOX 4.

“I was just truly heartbroken,” said resident Anna Foster. “I feel like this is not going to be a good four years… we’re going to have a civil war if this keeps on. It’s just nonsense.”

What a local media source described as a “mobile home” also was tagged with an arrow pointing at the neighboring home, where firefighters had to extinguish a small fire inside. But as informed MH industry pros know, there have been no mobile homes built in the U.S. for over 40 years.

It is also inaccurate to call a “manufactured home” a “mobile home” for several reasons, including the facts that a manufactured home is routinely worth more than a mobile home, plus that a manufactured home is built to strict federal safety standards.  Pre-HUD Code mobile homes had no such standards.

No injuries were reported, but officials said that they discovered graffiti on a home down the street from the incident as well.   This appeared to be part of a pro-election backlash that in many cases was started by anti-Trump organizers, for more on that, see the article linked here. ##

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