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George Allen’s “Peace Offensive,” Saul Alinsky, HUD Secretary Ben Carson, and Manufactured Housing’s War

May 26th, 2019 Comments off

 

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There are slogans and then there are solutions.

 

Slogans are what the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) is well known for, examples are “Got Clout? Get it Here” or their recent slogan for their 2019 Congress and Expo fund-raising meeting, which used the phrase “Let’s Keep Building.”  More on those two slogans, later.

Let’s pivot to a news tip forwarded to MHProNews, succinctly described as “George Allen’s Peace Offensive,” which was an email last Tuesday forwarded by one of the blogger’s message recipients.  That Allen email was sent to leaders of the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI), the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR),  the National Association of Manufactured Housing Community Owners (NAMHCO), among others.

To my knowledge, HUD Secretary Ben Carson knows nothing of this specific incident, but his summation in a cable news interview after his recent Capitol Hill testimony might seem to apply.  Wittingly or not, well intended or perhaps masking a hidden agenda, Allen’s move – as nice as it sounds to the uninformed – is a purported example of a “Rules for Radicals,” Saul Alinsky tactic.

It will be recalled that HUD Secretary Carson earlier this month made an important speech to manufactured housing professionals in New Orleans on May 7, 2019.  More than 2 weeks have gone by, yet it is still not on MH’s website. Did Allen call for that speech to be posted in its entirety by MHI?  No.

 

Instead, Allen is calling once more for ‘unity’ on messaging by the 3 national trade associations he addressed.

Allen has once more ducked or missed the point.  NAMHCO and MHARR exist precisely because they don’t trust MHI. To ask MHARR or NAMHCO to issue joint communiques is posturing at best, foolish and ill advised at worst.

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The speech by Carson praised the need and importance of manufactured housing.  Are the powers that be that pull the strings at MHI afraid that it might cause the industry’s sales to grow if it became widely known and properly understood?

More recently, during a congressional oversight hearing, Secretary Carson was attacked on Capitol Hill be Democrats hoping for cheap sound bites for later replay.  An example of that is shown below, by left-of-center Politico.

 

 

Here is how right-of-center Fox Business covered the same topic of Carson’s comments on Capitol Hill and how they were mishandled and portrayed by opposition media.

 

 

But what if the Democrats Appeared Right in This Case?

Let’s presume for a moment that Politico and that Democratic legislator had been correct, and that Secretary Carson actually did not know what an REO property was.  So what?  Or is that the left wing equivalent to the occasion when some on the political right slammed President Obama for saying on camera “57 states” in the United States, instead of 50. People misspeak. People sometimes don’t know.  That happens.  Political gotcha may be fun for a moment, but it proves little – unless that’s a pattern of someone saying 57 states over and over again, or of Dr. Carson perhaps misunderstanding an REO – then perhaps would be a valid issue.

These are Saul Alinsky, Rules for Radical tactics, said Carson near the end of this next video clip.

 

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The “Think: Common Core” would not have been in the original Alinksy mantra, as that was well after his time.  The last point above is the bookend to the quote from AZQuotes.

 

Now, let’s pivot back to Allen.

Why isn’t Allen were pressing MHI on:

  • promoting Secretary Carson’s comments in New Orleans via their media contacts,
  • Posting Secretary Carson’s comments on their own website,
  • Making a valid, robust “enhanced preemption” argument about manufactured housing in Bryan, TX or elsewhere – and threating to sue if the other party didn’t comply – those are the kinds of useful actions that Allen could undertake.
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Instead, Allen is posturing.  False flag.  Distraction, diversionary tactics, instead of offering real solutions. Like MHI saying “Got Clout?” showing photo opportunities, but providing no measurable results.

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Not long after this cartoon/meme was posted earlier this year, Richard ‘Dick’ Jennison announced his retirement from MHI. As far as George Allen is concerned, he could press these same points, if he was truly solution oriented. Instead, why is there more useless slogans and posturing?

The truth is, that Clayton had clout, it was Warren Buffett.  He had an in with the White House. How was that used?  For or against the industry?  Don’t the actions speak louder than the words from Clayton, 21st, MHI, etc.?

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Allen himself called Clayton and Berkshire brands a “monopoly” and has mused about the problem of “consolidation” in manufactured housing communities and other sectors of the industry.

Why has Allen toned that down, or stopped it altogether?

Is it because MHI and the big boys are rewarding him?  Is that why Allen is now posting about getting top dollar for the sale of a manufactured home community?

The evidence debatably suggests that Allen is a shill, pawn, and is selling out his followers. Whatever credibility he once enjoyed is vanishing as a result of each fact check, which he has been given the opportunity to respond to but has opted not to do so.

Make no mistake, just as there is a battle waging in Washington, D.C., there is a battle waging over the future of manufactured housing too.

Last year, an MHI only member said to MHProNews that he is ready for “Infowars” in manufactured housing. That was an apt description for what is occurring.

There is information, and disinformation. MHI, Allen, and MHInsider are among those who are peddling fluff which is often purportedly weaponized as disinformation.

By contrast, MHARR, MHProNews and MHLivingNews cite facts, and share evidence. Compare what the others say, to what MHARR, MHProNews and MHLivingNews produces.  Which one holds up?

Did you notice that on their Saturday news feed that Bing – a Microsoft brand, founded by Bill Gates, with whom Warren Buffett sits as a trustee of the Gates Foundation – featured Amazon’s home sales?

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How is Buffett, Clayton, and MHI really using their political and media access and clout? Why is the industry struggling during an affordable housing crisis?

 

With no further adieu, let’s check out the headline week in review from 5.19.2019 to 5.26.2019.

 

What’s New in Washington from MHARR

What’s New on MHLivingNews

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What’s New on the Daily Business News on MHProNews


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Saturday 5.25.2019

 

·        “Game On” – “Fighting Discriminatory Zoning” “Moral Obligation” Fix “Worsening Nightmare” – State Associations Entering Spotlight

“Game On” – “Fighting Discriminatory Zoning” “Moral Obligation” Fix “Worsening Nightmare” – State Associations Entering Spotlight

Friday 5.24.2019

 

·        Obstruction, Cover Up, Impeachable Says Speaker Pelosi – Donald Trump Jr. Responds – How Washington Works, or Not – Manufactured Home Import

 

Obstruction, Cover Up, Impeachable Says Speaker Pelosi – Donald Trump Jr. Responds – How Washington Works, or Not – Manufactured Home Import

 

·        Is War Ahead? Insider Sources in Iran Talk Trump, Middle East Conflicts, plus Manufactured Home Market Updates

·        Skyline Champion Soared, What’s Up? Initial Look Behind the Curtain

Skyline Champion Soared, What’s Up? Initial Look Behind the Curtain

·        Americans “Lost Faith in Washington,” Politics Threatens Economic Recovery

Americans “Lost Faith in Washington,” Politics Threatens Economic Recovery

 

 Thursday 5.23.2019

·        City Permits Some Manufactured Home Replacements for Tornado Ravaged Conventional Housing

City Permits Some Manufactured Home Replacements for Tornado Ravaged Conventional Housing

·        Are You Customer or Product of Tech Giants? Manufactured Housing Connections and Implications

·        April New Home Sales Drop, Mortgage Rates Slide, Trade Tension Woes, plus Manufactured Home Stock Updates

April New Home Sales Drop, Mortgage Rates Slide, Trade Tension Woes, plus Manufactured Home Stock Updates

·        Kobayashi Maru, Crime, Kevin Clayton, Darren Krolewski, MHInsider – State of Manufactured Housing Industry

Kobayashi Maru, Crime, Kevin Clayton, Darren Krolewski, MHInsider – State of Manufactured Housing Industry

 

Wednesday 5.22.2019

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

·        Wild Washington “Impeachment,” “Infrastructure” Theater Fuels Wall Street Dip, plus Manufactured Home Stock Updates

·        Stephanie Reid Raises Undocumented Immigrants Getting Ripped Off by Manufactured Home Communities Issue

Stephanie Reid Raises Undocumented Immigrants Getting Ripped Off by Manufactured Home Communities Issue

·        “Monopoly” in Manufactured Housing Alleged by George Allen, MHI Defender’s Turn by former Community-Investor, Self-Claimed EducateMHC Blogger

“Monopoly” in Manufactured Housing Alleged by George Allen, MHI Defender’s Turn by former Community-Investor, Self-Claimed EducateMHC Blogger

 

Tuesday 5.21.2019

·        “Home is Where Our Hearts Are” – President Trump Address to American Housing Professionals

“Home is Where Our Hearts Are” – President Trump Address to American Housing Professionals

·        Triad Financial Services, ECN Result$, plus Manufactured Housing Industry Stock Updates

Triad Financial Services, ECN Result$, plus Manufactured Housing Industry Stock Updates

·        HUD Rescinds 2017 “Guidance” on Carport-Ready Manufactured Homes, Other Changes Ahead?

HUD Rescinds 2017 “Guidance” on Carport-Ready Manufactured Homes, Other Changes Ahead?

·        Tiny House Comparisons, $50,000 Tiny House Vs. $165,000 Tiny House – Millions of Video Views

Tiny House Comparisons, $50,000 Tiny House Vs. $165,000 Tiny House – Millions of Video Views

 

Monday 5.20.2019

·        Modern, Proven Path to Freedom

Modern, Proven Path to Freedom

·        Capitalism vs. Socialism Town Hall Discussion, Plus Manufactured Housing Equities Updates

·        “Trailer Parks,” Presidential Candidate, Prior HUD Secretary Julian Castro on MH Community Operators, Residents Not Knowing Their Rights

“Trailer Parks,” Presidential Candidate, Prior HUD Secretary Julian Castro on MH Community Operators, Residents Not Knowing Their Rights

·        What Are Manufactured Housing Industry Professionals Focused On?

What Are Manufactured Housing Industry Professionals Focused On?

 

Sunday 5.19.2019

·        Manufactured Housing Institute Housing Alert! “On Capitol Hill…MHI Advances Manufactured Housing Finance Reform,” Redux

Manufactured Housing Institute Housing Alert! “On Capitol Hill…MHI Advances Manufactured Housing Finance Reform,” Redux

 

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Toxic Combination of Big Business in Bed with Big Government, Rules for Radicals, Generation Zero

August 28th, 2017 Comments off
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As previous and upcoming reports will highlight, the political winds are blowing in several different directions.  Those winds could well mean, as Mark Weiss, President and CEO of the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) has said, a narrowing window of opportunity for manufactured housing.

Ideas have consequences,” Steve Bannon and the Generation Zero video shown below state, but they were not the first to say so.  Nor where they the first to refer to Saul Alinsky’s book – “Rules for Radicals,”  – as the “bible for [left wing] activists.”

Snopes says, “…the first radical known to man who rebelled against the establishment and did it so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom — Lucifer,” wrote Saul Alinksy in the foreword to his infamous Rules for Radicals.

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Jay Hamilton, of the Georgia Manufactured Housing Association (GMHA) is among the industry’s professionals who have previously warned against Alinksy’s thinking.

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The Generation Zero video notes that Alinksy inspired part of the “Cloward–Piven strategy,” which Wikipedia describes, political activists Richard Cloward and Frances Fox Piven that called for overloading the U.S. public welfare system in order to precipitate a crisis that would lead to a replacement of the welfare system with a national system of “a guaranteed annual income and thus an end to poverty.”

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Once you lead the nation to the point of bankruptcy, then the nation becomes ripe for revolutionary change, Cloward and Piven believed.

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What Cloward and Piven didn’t know in their day was that Russia and China abandoned their long experiment with socialism/communism, keeping strong central government, but using several free market, low taxes, low regulations principles.  But that doesn’t mean that Cloward/Piven would have changed their views.

The Cloward/Piven strategy was to load America up with debt, and undermine free enterprise, which they termed using the Marxist term, “capitalism.”

The video below uses several powerful quotes, including biblical and one from the British philosopher, G. K. Chesterton who said “When men choose not to believe in God, they do not thereafter believe in nothing, they then become capable of believing in anything.”

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President Trump and Secretary Hillary Clinton supporter and prominent Democratic attorney, Alan Dershowitz, have both said that they see no evidence of racism in Bannon.

So who is Steve Bannon and Breitbart?

Why did Bannon leave the White House and the Trump Administration?  If “personnel equals policy,” in politics as some argue, with Steve Bannon – along with Fox News regular, Sebastian Gorka – out of President Donald J. Trump’s circle of advisers, will the Trump Administration fundamentally change?  If so, how?

How will all this play out on its impact of the markets, the economy, and manufactured housing’s opportunities?

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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.

This Daily Business News (DBN) report will focus on a specific part of those timely questions.  Who is Steve Bannon and Breitbart News?

The New York Times Magazine, Patheos, and Reddit were among numerous sources that reported on a recent “extensive” Harvard/MIT study of their published material that delved into those two questions.

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They concluded that Bannon and Breitbart where right-of-center, but not ‘alt-right,’ meaning not racist.

Essayist Wil S. Hylton spoke to Harvard law professor Yochai Benkler.  Benkler studied the “rise and influence” of Breitbart News. Using their “colossal database” at Harvard and MIT, their Media Cloud reviewed ten years of articles.

According to Hylton, “the last thing Yochai Benkler noted before” … “left his office at Harvard was that his team had performed a textual analysis of all the stories in their database, and they found a surprising result.”

 

One thing that came out very clearly from our study is that Breitbart is not talking about these issues in the same way you would find on the extreme right,’’ he said. ‘‘They don’t use the same language you find on sites like VDARE and The Daily Stormer’ — two sites connected to white-nationalism and the alt-right movement. He paused for a moment, then added: ‘‘Breitbart is not the alt-right.’’

Newsweek quoted a Wall Street Journal interview where Bannon was quoted in 2016 as saying, “I’m an economic nationalist. I am an America-first guy. And I have admired nationalist movements throughout the world, have said repeatedly strong nations make great neighbors,”

I’ve also said repeatedly that the ethno-nationalist movement, prominent in Europe, will change over time. I’ve never been a supporter of ethno-nationalism,” Bannon added.

Many on the right-wing side of the media are concerned that with Bannon out, that the Trump Administration will become the third term of President Obama, as WND was cited as saying.  But that ignores Trump’s own speeches last week, as well as the 45th president’s extensive history on his stated positions.

To better understand Bannon, a look at a pre-Trump era documentary he was part of called Generation Zero is instructive. ## (News, analysis.)

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