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The Best Medicine, “Honey, I Forget to Duck,” One Liners from the “Great Communicator”

May 22nd, 2019 Comments off


The issues facing our nation and industry are serious ones.  Therefore, there are times that a little humor is useful to lighten the mood.


As a history buff, it is a pleasure to ponder chief executives of the past, and see what might be learned.  There are those who compare the 40th President, Ronald Reagan, with the 45th President, Donald J. Trump.

While there are parallels – some that millions apparently miss – there are clear and sharp differences, as ‘never-Trumpers’ like to stress.

But the times are frankly different, and the focus this evening is what Reader’s Digest long called, ‘the best medicine,’ humor.

CBS Sunday Morning published “Ronald Reagan’s one-liners” during the Obama Administration.  It has had 1,989,687 views since July 20, 2014, almost 5 years.

The likes outshine the thumbs down on this video below by a ratio of 42 to 1.



At the end of a long day of meetings, reports, phone calls, messages, media, fact-checks, analysis and drama…

…some-one liners from the 40th president seemed like just the ticket.  Oh, by the way, HUD Code manufactured home shipments in those years were more than double what they have been averaging in recent years.

From Live About we have these quotes, from President Ronald Reagan.

  • “My fellow Americans. I’m pleased to announce that I’ve signed legislation outlawing the Soviet Union. We begin bombing in five minutes.” – joking during a mike check before his Saturday radio broadcast
  • “It’s true hard work never killed anybody, but I figure, why take the chance?”
  • “I hope you’re all Republicans.” -speaking to surgeons as he entered the operating room following a 1981 assassination attempt
  • “Honey, I forgot to duck.” -to his wife, Nancy, after surviving the assassination attempt
  • “I am not worried about the deficit. It is big enough to take care of itself.
  • “I have left orders to be awakened at any time in case of national emergency—even if I’m in a Cabinet meeting.”
  • “Politics is supposed to be the second-oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first.”
  • “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.'”
  • “Thomas Jefferson once said, ‘We should never judge a president by his age, only by his works.’ And ever since he told me that, I stopped worrying.”

No inferences should be drawn from this report, other than laughter can be good medicine and inspirational phrases have the power to be uplifting.

For baseball fans, you can also infer that a change up pitch can be useful too.

We’ll get back to the serious side of our industry and related tomorrow.



But tonight, let’s add one more short video clip to say ‘happy trails’ and turn to Reagan’s 1940 era movie about football star, Knute Rockne: All American (1940), as we salute the ideal that our industry needs — of “Win One For The Gipper.”

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Presidents Day Facts and Video Quiz

February 18th, 2019 Comments off



In the business world, the rear-view mirror is always clearer than the windshield.

– Warren Buffett, per Industry Week.


That’s Buffett quote is one that our publisher agrees on 100 percent. MHProNews’ publisher was a multiple award-winning history major, in high school and college.  So, there are days like today that he likes to have fun shaking it up and testing a reader’s knowledge.

The video below describes some policy positions.  Then it asks, which party was the president who held those policy views?  Spoiler alert, the answers may surprise you.


Praeger University videos routinely takes up hot button questions, puts an expert or well-known person on camera familiar with the topic, and uses nettlesome facts – often politically incorrect ones – and then layers on still more fascinating and thought-provoking facts.

As political independents, we stress the following.

  • We respect the right of people to be in whatever political party they wish, or no political party.
  • The reason we are not affiliated with any political party is because each, in our view, has held policy positions that are problematic for America, and out of keeping with the best interests of the vast majority of Americans.
  • On affordable housing, we believe that is a non-partisan issue. Thus, we relish the opportunity to spotlight occasions when Democrats and Republicans come together on the issue of manufactured homes as an important solution that is hiding in plain sight.  An new example of that can be accessed by the linked text-image below.


Democrats, Republicans Agree – “Manufactured Homes Can Play a Vital Role in Easing” the Affordable Housing Shortage




Political Posturing

Politicians and political parties say and do things that are often a mix of accurate and inaccurate information. Thus, we believe and strive to practice the time-tested notion of separating “Wheat from Chaff.”

When a person, party, or other organization is spinning reality, that’s a warning sign.  If someone knowingly distorts reality on subject A, why are they to be trusted on another topic?

Distortions of history or facts are usually done with an agenda in mind.  Put simply, the agenda is often designed to benefit one group vs. another.

President John F. Kennedy’s economic platform worked, as did former Democrat, Ronald Reagan’s.  Set aside the lightening-rod hype on both sides about President Donald J. Trump – another former Democrat – and one sees some similarities between the economic policies of all three of those presidents.

Clearly, there were differences between those three leaders too.

Fake news has become such a common mantra that awareness of just how agenda-driven various news outlets are is thankfully becoming more commonplace.  The graphic below is one way to check the possible political views that influence their reports.



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


Presidents are obviously people, and no president has been perfect.  But America has had some amazing leaders, that cross the left-right divide.

There is much to learn from these leaders.

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”

–        Theodore Roosevelt


Good public policy matters.

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Trump Tax Reform Plan Made Simple in 52 Second Video, What’s in it for You?

August 10th, 2017 Comments off

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It’s anyone’s guess if voter ire and feedback during the August recess will help the GOP controlled Congress bridge their own internal gaps on pending promises, such as tax reform.

But it may motivate professionals who vote if they better understood what was in the desired Trump plan.

The video on this page breaks it down in simple visual bites.  The Daily Business News’ recent report on the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) position on this issue, is linked here.


It is worth mentioning that both Democratic President Kennedy and Republican President Ronald Reagan did tax reform that resulted in lower rates, which boosted the economy and rapidly lead to more revenue for the federal government.

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NFIB – Small Business Outlook, Optimism, How Can DC Keep it Going?

June 15th, 2017 Comments off

MaySmallZBizEconomicOutlookNFIBManufacturedhousingRelatedDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsWhile the two major parties and their respective media allies battle (sadly, literally) in Washington, Main Street is feeling optimistic.

So says the National Association of Independent Business (NFIB) President, Juanita Duggan.

Small business owners are highly encouraged by the President’s regulatory reform agenda, and they remain optimistic there will be tax reform and healthcare reform. This is a policy-driven phenomenon,” said Duggan about May’s optimism levels, in a release to MHProNews.

She says that health care reform passage, pending now in the Senate, is important.


Juanita Duggan.

But “essential” to keeping the economy and small business moving ahead is tax reform.  This is a perspective that several pro-growth economists, such as former President Ronald Reagan and Trump Campaign adviser, Larry Kudlow, have said.

If Congress wants small businesses to invest in the economy, then they must cut taxes and simplify the code,” said Duggan. While there are pledges to simplify, NFIB says there are more specifics needed.

Duggan appeared recently on Fox Business, in the video shown below.

The President’s tax plan would slash taxes for small businesses and level the playing field for businesses of every size and structure,” said Duggan. “Congress also has other good ideas for tax reform, but they need to stop talking and pass a bill.”

NFIB sources have told MHProNews that they have “hundreds” of manufactured home industry connected independent businesses as members.  These reportedly include producers, suppliers, vendors, retailers and communities, among others.  Their size in MH rivals that of the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI), but their overall size dwarfs  the factory-built home industry.  NFIB has some 325,000 members nationally, so they have more members than there are total the estimated numbers of professionals working in manufactured housing.

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Stock Markets Closed Today

February 20th, 2017 Comments off

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All U. S. stock markets are closed today in observance of President’s Day, which is celebrated the third Monday of February each year, paying tribute to our first president, George Washington. Abraham Lincoln was born in February, and thus the holiday honors him as well.

Among the top ten quotes of our nation’s presidents, President Ronald Reagan said: “We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone.”

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Unemployment Rate Tells One Story; Labor Participation Rate Determines Revenue, Federal Debt

August 8th, 2016 Comments off

Labor_Participation_Rate_CNBC_Bureau_of_Labor_statistics postedDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsEach first Friday of the month the Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics issues its jobs report for the previous month—commonly called the U-3 number–an abundance of employment-related data, each of which has a story about the employment scene.

While the official unemployment rate held steady at 4.9 percent—called the “total unemployed, as a percent of the civilian labor force”– most economists look beyond that to what they call the U-6 number, which provides a broader perspective. That rate fell in June to 9.6 percent, the lowest level since April 2008, but rose slightly in July to 9.7 percent. It is defined as all the unemployed, plus “persons marginally attached to the labor force, plus total employed part time for economic reasons, as a percent of the labor force.” In other words, it is the unemployed, underemployed and the discouraged, as cnbc informs MHProNews.

Of concern is the labor force participation rate, which measures what part of the population is employed or seeking employment. That rate rose one tenth of a percent to 62.8 percent.

While job growth was only 24,000 in May, June’s numbers swelled to 292,000 and July another 255,000 jobs were added, statistics which have fueled a rise in wages following several years of tepid growth.

July’s average hourly wage rose to $25.69, while weekly wages hit $886.31.

Jobs are an important battleground in the race for the White House. Democrat Hillary Clinton has called for an increased spending in infrastructure programs, promising workers in a speech outside Denver “millions of jobs with rising incomes.”

Republican candidate Donald Trump meanwhile claims the Obama administration has allowed American companies to ship jobs overseas without creating growth at home. Trump also noted that then-Senator Clinton promised jobs in New York state that didn’t materialize.

While ten million jobs have been added since President Obama took office, it is the equivalent of about half the jobs added during Bill Clinton’s tenure in the White House, and a bit less than those added when Ronald Reagan was president.

Meanwhile, according to cnsnews, 94,333,000 Americans were not in the active labor force in July, just a bit of improvement from the 94,517,000 in June.

In July, while the unemployment rate remained at 4.9 percent, the number of those unemployed dropped 13,000 to 7,770,000, as the number of those employed rose 420,000 to 151,517,000.

The nation’s civilian noninstitutional population, comprised of all people 16 or older who were not in the military or an institution, reached 253,620,000 in July. Of those, 159,287,000 participated in the labor force, either holding a job or actively seeking one, equaling 62.8 percent of the 253,620,000 civilian noninstitutional population.

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) issued a report in July predicting that the labor force participation rate will fall to 58 percent in 2046. The number obviously may change based on any number of demographics, a change in male and female roles, economic conditions, technological developments as well as medical breakthroughs that could increase the age of the work force.

However, if the labor force participation hits 61 percent in 2046, the higher gross domestic product (GDP) would lead to increased revenues, higher interest rates, smaller budget deficits as well as less federal debt.

Conversely, if labor participation drops to 55 percent in 2046, the slowdown in economic growth will result in larger budget deficits and more federal debt.

Finally, the CBO forecast that the labor force will grow at the average rate of 0.4 percent per year during the coming 30 years, compared with 1.5 percent from 1966 to 2015. ##

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