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Flashback! Funny, Surprising, Interesting Jay Leno, Donald J. Trump 1999 Video Interview

April 9th, 2019 Comments off


Let’s be clear.  There are some things that are different now, then it was back then for comedy, late night TV, and for Donald J. Trump.

That said, whatever your view of the 45th president, take 10. See what he says.  Compare and contrast it to what you hear from this or that source today.

The video is a mix of serious and light hearted.  For the younger set, this video reminds us too how much sharper our TV pictures are then they were just 20 years ago.  At the time this video was made, Mr. Trump was pondering a run for the Oval Office on the third-party Reform ticket. 

Why this, why now? As many have realized, perhaps the biggest risk for many is from political winds.  Those political winds may be local, national, or global. 

Knowledge is potential power. History can help with clarity. Make it a good night in MHVille.

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Money, Minorities, Manufactured Homes – Foiling the American Dream of Affordable Housing

“Economic Racism.” Angry Residents, Students, Civic Leaders Fight Plan to Ban Affordable Manufactured Homes, Industry Professionals Sound Off







Race, Equal Opportunities, Affordable Housing, CNN’s Lydia DePillis, and the Dinesh D’Szouza Reality Check

July 28th, 2018 Comments off



Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.” – George Orwell, per Goodreads.


What does that quotation mean? 

The meaning of this statement is that someone can redefine who they are and, in fact, what a society is by being able to change the perception of how the past is configured.  For example, dictatorships are very passionate in the idea of “rewriting history.”” – Ashley Kannan, CE, per eNotes is her explaining of the meaning of the George Orwell quote under the top featured image. 


A quotation by media of a source is not meant to imply an endorsement of everything that quoted source has ever said or done. Rather, a quote is supposed to be an accurate reflection of a statement made by an attributed source, with the quoted statement being worthy of consideration.– L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach, MH Industry expert, publisher of and


The Critical Battle Over Equal Opportunity for Affordable Home Ownership  

There may be no more important topic to an aspiring person, couple or household of any race or other protected class than the possibility of home ownership and affordable housing. 

Numerous sources from across the left-center-right spectrum agree that home ownership is a reliable path to increased personal wealth. A careful “wheat and chaff” curation of the best ideas can yield a pro-growth agenda where a rising economic tide could lift all boats.




In 2017 and 2018, MHProNews had occasion to point to the fascinating case of Donald Tye, Jr.



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

Tye describes himself as an actively retired minister, who has earned his living in business and by providing certain services. He says he is skeptical of both major parties.



Isn’t Tye’s statement a relevant part of the antidote to the t-word and terminology issue?

Tye’s connection to affordable housing is that his parents bought a pre-HUD Code factory built home, and installed it on an infill lot near Cincinnati, OH.

Tye made various thought-provoking statements cited in the graphics shown herein.  He is passionate about the notion that manufactured homes ought to be allowed as infill in urban and suburban areas. Tye came to believe that quality, affordable manufactured homes are arguably permitted via the “enhanced preemption” clause protected by federal law for such infill urban or suburban placements, due to the language in the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000 (MHIA).

Two Great Laws Already on the Books NOW,  Can Unlock Billion$ Annually for Manufactured Housing Industry Businesse$, Investor$

Tye also discovered just how few people know about the MHIA and it’s enhanced preemption provision.


The Trump Administration, Affordable Housing and Modern Manufactured Homes

Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson, MD, has praised manufactured homes in various hearings before Congress.

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Secretary Carson also made an interesting appearance at the Manufactured Housing Institute’s (MHI) supposedly final Las Vegas conference last April.


President Trump’s family business is known to have ties to a rising international unicorn modular builder, Revolution Precrafted Properties. 



President Trump has also made warm public comments about a factory builder, see those articles later, linked above and below.

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

Vice President Mike Pence, per MHProNews sources, is known to be familiar with HUD Code manufactured homes. VP Pence’s public statements reflect the proper industry terminology, a potential sign of respect and understanding of manufactured homes. 

These factoids suggest the following.

The Trump Administration has shown several positive signals to the manufactured housing industry. The president and vice president have both spoken several times about “enforcing the law,” as a generic statement that’s been applied to several issues. 

Against that background, consider that Secretary Carson has said that those who own a home have an average net worth of about $200,000. By contrast, Carson said that those who rent have an average net worth of only some $5,000. 

The Trump Administration has signaled their support for affordable home ownership, as well as a desire to reduce federal outlays for subsidized housing. Are those two incompatible? Or logically, doesn’t the one – affordable home ownership – naturally result in less need for subsidized rental housing? 

While there are claims of racism lodged against President Trump, those routinely come from political opponents. Where were those voices before he announced his campaign for the presidency? What we know is that the president has touted dozens of times – with apparent pride – falling unemployment levels. He seems proud that increased employment among blacks, Hispanics and females have resulted in record low unemployment for those groups.  

As a builder himself, President Trump addressed the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), and the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB). The NFIB, per our sources there, has said they have hundreds of manufactured housing operations among their roughly 325,000 members.


CNN’s Lydia DePillis, and Affordable Housing

Senior economic writer for CNN, Lydia DePillis, recently published an interesting column entitled, “How Washington could actually make housing more affordable.” Her article linked to a Bush Administration report by HUD that made several useful statements in favor of manufactured and modular homes.



See her affordable housing article, at this link here. Her downloads include the NIMBY report, which included manufactured homes and modular housing too.

Thus, it is reasonable to presume DePillis is at least aware of modern manufactured homes. 

DePillis also cited a study previously referenced by the Daily Business News, published by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER).Housing Constraints and Spatial Misallocation,” by Chang-Tai Hsieh, Enrico Moretti. It’s NBER Working Paper No. 21154, issued in May 2015, and revised in May 2017. It argues that there’s about a $2 trillion dollar economic drag, because of the lack of affordable housing. Rephrased, the U.S. economy would gain an additional 2 trillion dollars a year in GDP, given more access to affordable housing where it is needed. Note that Chang-Tai Hsieh is at the Booth School of Business, University of Chicago. Enrico Moretti, is at the University of California, Berkeley, Department of Economics.



See the Daily Business News report on that topic, at this link here.

Their research is not light reading, which is to say that its highly technical. 

But the logic of Hsieh, Moretti, and the Not in My Back Yard (NIMBY) HUD Report cite by DePillis all mesh well with the factoids cited by Dr. Carson and Rev. Tye.  The pull quote below is from the HUD NIMBY report that follows it.



To see the NIMBY report to HUD, which includes references to the use of manufactured homes and modular housing, click here to download the detailed study.

Which brings us to the following thoughts from Dinesh D’Souza. Consider Tye’s question above, why isn’t manufactured housing more utilized, as you ponder the insights below.


D’Souza’s Research

D’Souza is a controversial author and docudrama movie maker. He came from India, and is as dark skinned as many blacks or other racial groups. So it would be difficult to say he’s a racist. 

His movie, “Hillary’s America” is available on Netflix. He argues that there’s been lots of “plantation politics” at play in the U.S. for decades. Those huge projects that Rev. Tye branded as warehousing people like cattle, are part of the backdrop for policies that have increased poverty among blacks and other minorities for decades. Set the time aside to do what millions of others have done, watch D’Souza’s interesting, sometimes comical, and often troubling “Hillary’s America” with an open mind. 

Then cross check his claims.  

Per Google, 81 percent liked that D’Souza’s movie.  


D’Souza, who’s into history, would likely concur with the George Orwell quote at the top, shown again in the image below. Odds are good D’Souza would agree with the other Orwellian quotations also posted in this column. 



Disparate Threads, Left-Center-Right, and a Solution for the Affordable Housing Crisis That’s Hiding in Plain Sight


Thousands of manufactured home industry professionals have little or no clue about the rich history of their profession. For example, in the early 1970s, new home shipments approached 600,000 new homes per year for 2 years. Given more technology, and more capital pouring into the U.S. from overseas or domestically from tax reforms, is there any reason why manufactured homes can’t exceed those totals today? See the graphics, below.


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

There is arguably no shorter path to increasing the wealth of millions than there would be by implementing federal laws regarding HUD Code manufactured homes.

DePillis did not directly mention manufactured homes, but she did cite the study in which they were being promoted.

Realtor University, Journal for the Center of Real Estate Studies, Makes Corrections– “The Market for Manufactured Homes,” by Scholastica ‘Gay’ Cororaton, CBE

In the newly revised document and post, “Making the Case for Manufactured Homes,” Realtor University’s Journal for the Center of Real Estate Studies featured Scholastica ‘Gay’ Cororaton, who took a deep 30-page, fact-packed dive into manufactured housing Let’s pivot from the above to the political and economic landscape, that’s shaping housing and other policies. 


The president has been scolded by elites across the Democratic and Republican divides, depending on the subject. He’s arguably more of a pragmatist than a traditional member of either major party. 


Graphic, data, per Sun Communities (SUI).

Like Democratic President John F. Kennedy, or GOP President Ronald Reagan did, POTUS Trump, enacted big cut taxes. He’s sliced regulations.  

The result is the same as what Kennedy and Reagan experienced, rising investments and growing GDP.

The bottom line from all of the above – seemingly disparate threads – is this quote. 

There is no faster way to lift millions out of poverty, “out of the projects,” than by a robust implementation of the enhanced preemption and other aspects of the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act (MHIA), an authentic support of manufactured homes (MH) by the Government Sponsored Enterprises (GSEs) and the need for HUD, FHA, and Ginnie Mae to make revisions to the Title I, Title II, VA and Rural Housing (USDA) programs for MH.  

Doing so – per the application of the logic of “Housing Constraints and Spatial Misallocation,” by Chang-Tai Hsieh, Enrico Moretti – could unlock $2 trillion dollars a year in additional GDP for the U.S. That in turn would result in millions of new jobs, which would be a natural supply-and-demand boost for wages.

The net result would raise millions from poverty into greater prosperity, by making their part of the American Dream of Home Ownership possible, thanks to quality affordable manufactured homes.” – L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach, award-winning industry expert, and publisher of MHProNews, MHLivingNews. 

What’s holding manufactured housing back from achieving that is the lack of additional support for industry voices like the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform.

Focus on More Financing, HUD Program Reforms, Aimed at Increasing Manufactured Homes Sales, Meeting with Assistant Secretary–Federal Housing Commissioner, Brian Montgomery


See the prescient video, shown above.  Keep in mind it’s now about 16 months since that video was recorded. That’s prescience.  


That’s a lot to chew on. But it boils down to massive opportunities for forward-looking, long-term thinkers in the private sector who are willing to unlock the aspirations of millions via free enterprise. The above realities would naturally lower poverty in America, and increase the personal wealth of millions now trapped in subsidized housing or rentals.


The logic of this statement can be applied to a variety of cases.

Federal expenditures for subsidized housing, or other poverty programs, would naturally fall as personal wealth grew. The politics of poverty and race could be ended by successfully lifting millions up, instead of keeping them trapped and dependent.  Readers can consider the rationale found in the report, linked below.


It’s a common sense application of the principles cited.

Various voices may quibble over details and credit, but this “wheat and chaff” approach is how the claimed aims of the left, right and center could be practically met.

The linked related reports provide additional references and details that spell out why this makes sense, and suggest why this hasn’t already been done. Because that Bush era HUD document DePillis cited reminds us that this is a discussion that’s been going on in America for decades, with no real change in sight.



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At the time Belsky made this prediction, manufactured homes were selling over 250,000 new units per year. This year, MH won’t reach 40% of that total. What happened?

Why didn’t Harvard’s Eric Belsky’s predication come to pass in the decade it was made?  Part of the answer lies in the article, linked below.

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Truth Hiding in Plain Sight, Faux Outrage Vs Facts, ‘Building Together’

January 16th, 2018 Comments off


Facts can be nettlesome things.


For decades, numerous people have postured being the friend of minorities, while falsely claiming their opponents where bigots, racists, or some other slur.

This video shows Donald Trump being praised for a lifetime of achievement in providing minorities with opportunities.

The man praising him in more than one clip in this short video montage is Democratic backer, the Rev. Jesse Jackson.




As the Daily Business News reported last week, Hershel Walker is but one of several black and Latino personalities and leaders who say that Donald Trump is a “great man.” Those who know him say he isn’t racist, anti-Semitic or anti-immigration.

That some would say otherwise is clearly disproven by these third-party witnesses. His own daughter Ivanka is Jewish. His wife Melania has a heavy accent, because she is an immigrant.

Previous historic videos of the builder/businessman Donald Trump show him saying Oprah Winfrey could be a good running mate. That ways years before Senator Barack Obama became president. On the clip from Oprah featuring Trump, from some 30 years ago, he lays out thinking very similar to what he has today.



Over the years, now President Trump changed on issues like abortion, and moved from being a Democrat to a Republican. But on race, for decades, there was the opposite of outrage, he was seen as inclusive to women, minorities, and others.

Then why the faked, ignorant or phony outrage?

Manufactured Housing and President Trump

Sources tell MHProNews that it was a Trump administration official at HUD that arranged for the move of Pam Danner, JD, “temporarily” out of her role at HUD.

Shake Up at HUD Manufactured Housing Program May Stop Industry Overregulation, per MH State Association


Those who have an agenda are clearly willing to use the tool of the big lie, repeated often enough, to divide and control enough people in order to ‘rule over’ them.

While there is a division on President Trump within the industry, as there is across America, his-policies have been widely hailed as good for the industry, and good for business. That’s been reflected in numerous ways.


The Truth About Manufactured Housing, the President, or Anything Else

The deception – propaganda, as it was called by Guy Benson – about the president is a reminder why industry professionals, and the public – are wise to embrace objective analysis and detached discernment.  “We Provide, You Decide.” © ## (News, historic, analysis, commentary.)

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