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Is POTUS Trump Racist? “Here Today, Here to Stay” – HUD Secretary Ben Carson Sounds Off

February 8th, 2019 Comments off


We have so many Americans who think that the American dream is not for them, but it is for them. And I think the president wants them to know that for sure.  But he is never going to convince them of that by telling them that.  But by showing them, eventually they will open their eyes and they will not be able to deny what they are seeing.”

–        HUD Secretary Ben Carson, M.D.


In under 4 minutes, this Fox Business video covers quite a bit of interesting ground.

The speaker is one that is familiar to manufactured housing professionals.  The Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Ben Carson (M.D.), leads the federal agency that has primary responsibility for the regulation of our industry.

The video raises some important questions. Among them is the American Dream.



Carson Flashback…

Secretary Carson addressed a thousand or more manufactured home professionals last year in person, and thanked the industry for doing its part to support the American Dream.



But the Fox Business video interview also addressed the question that is bandied about quite often.  Is the 45th president, as many accuse him of being, a racist?

Carson said he hasn’t “seen any evidence of it [racism] whatsoever.”

Secretary Carson reminisced about an appearance decades ago by then businessman Donald J. Trump on the Oprah Winfrey Show. What isn’t mentioned is that for decades, blacks like Winfrey had no such concerns – or made no such allegations of racism against Mr. Trump.

It took a political campaign to spark those charges.

Why did the president run? Why does he do it?  Carson answer is simple. “He [POTUS Trump] does it because he loves our country and he wants it to be successful,” Carson said.  The president’s philosophy – per Carson – is that “the rising tide raises all boats.”

It detracts from their argument that capitalism is horrible. That we are a horrible country. That we treat minorities the wrong way, we are racist,” the HUD Secretary said.  With wry, dry wit he said, “I guess that’s why there are caravans of minorities trying to get in here.”

When millions see photos or videos of African Americans such as Kanye West or Tiger Woods with President Trump, surely many realize, and some wonder – would they be hanging out with him if they thought he was racist? Don’t they know him better than those who only watch on TV or read about him?

One of the oldest tricks is that of the often repeated lie.  Tell a fable often enough, and it seems more believable.

Carson spoke about opportunity zones too.  The good thing about them is that investors aren’t just here today, and then gone tomorrow.  “Here today, here to stay” – with opportunities that lift the boats of people who may have had little hope for good, honest work in the absence of specific community investments.

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Talk Radio “Open for Business Host” Tom Egelhoff Sounds Off On “MOBILE HOMES” as “AFFORDABLE HOUSING ANSWER”

May 1st, 2018 Comments off


From time to time, the Daily Business News or discovers or is provided as a tip a column that is re-shared to our readers at length.  That’s the case this morning, with a post about manufactured homes written by talk radio host, Tom Egelhoff.


Before sharing Egelhoff’s observations about a hot topic in his part of the country – and the nation at large – some background on him and his career are in order.

KMMS AM 1450 Bozeman says about Egelhoff, “…Has Been The Host Of “Open For Business,” A Business And Consumer Talk Show On KMMS Since 2004. I’m The Author Of “How To Market, Advertise And Promote Your Business Or Service In Your Own Backyard” (Wiley), And “The Small Town Advertising Handbook: How To Say More And Spend Less,” And “How To Market, Advertise And Promote Your Business Or Service In A Small Town.”

Egelhoff’s books are used as texts in the University of Alaska and Missouri State University.  He’s been a guest on MSNBC’s “Your Money.” He’s also been featured in Costco’s Connection Magazine, Target Market Magazine, Emerging Business, and Business Adviser.

We don’t want to do the SIC (typo or terminological error found in the original) during our extended quotes from his article, so we’ll politely note that what Egelhoff calls a “mobile home” in a “trailer park,” he himself clarifies by saying is in a manufactured home community.

A few thoughts will follow his column. The extended quote in brown text below, with only his closing call for comments omitted.


The original column is found at this link, here. Enjoy.


A small trailer park (sorry, manufactured home park) located on North Willson in Bozeman is in the cross hairs of development plans.

Kick out the MH’s and build multiple three-story duplexes in their place. Affordable housing gone. Welcome to another high rent district on the North Side.

My Affordable Housing

About ten years ago my wife and I disposed of our Bozeman home and moved into one of the Mobile Home Parks in Bozeman.

Why on earth would we do something so stupid? All that equity gone, losing an appreciating asset to live in a depreciating asset. Why?

Plus, you don’t own the land. Why do such a thing?

Consider this, as I did. The fine folks on South Willson don’t own their land either. They pay, as I do, lot rent in the form of property taxes. It’s semantics.

Don’t pay your property tax and guess what — you’re homeless.

My Affordable Housing Retirement Plan

Since I realized too late that retirement was closer then further I had to make serious plans for our financial future.

One of those plans was to dump a $1,500 a month mortgage payment for a $400 lot rent payment on something I owned outright.

That freed up $1,100 a month to invest in an interest bearing financial vehicle rather than pay it to a bank and hope my home might appreciate as real estate usually does.

However, in Bozeman I found that Mobile Homes also appreciate in this market.

In hindsight my decision to downsize our living quarters and upsize my investments has paid off handsomely in spite of the Great Recession of 2009.

Some Final Thoughts

For some people there might be a negative stigma attached to living in a mobile home. I really don’t care considering that I’m able to do most of the things my wife and I want to do without the worry of the monetary consequences. It’s a good feeling to have.

Our home appreciates as does our investment portfolio. I live in affordable housing. So do the folks on North Willson.

If the city commission was true to its word it would deny the raising of that park. Destruction of affordable housing to make way for unaffordable housing makes little sense.

Just because it’s on wheels doesn’t make it bad.”  

end of extended quote

He didn’t use the graphic below, but we have a strong hunch that he’d get the quote, and enjoy the collage of modern manufactured homes too.


Terminology matters, as we’ve said countless times.


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That noted, and not yet having spoken with Mr. Egelhoff, he may be using that lingo for specific tactical reasons – such as to connect with his target audience. The Daily Business News would note that there’s another way to accomplish that, but he’s a talk radio personality, not a manufactured home (MH) industry spokesperson.

At least. he’s not an MH spokesperson yet…

But in short order, Tom Egelhoff made the following points, that dovetail with topics we’ve covered for years.

  • Egelhoff’s brilliantly blunts the sting and stigma unjustly attached to manufactured home living.
  • He explains how manufactured homes can appreciate, as well as depreciate, part of what causes that are the same factors found in conventional housing.
  • He walks readers through the logic of investing the difference in cost between the affordable manufactured home and the higher cost conventional house, a point that Florida Atlantic University researcher and real estate economist, Ken Johnson has made (see that in the related report, linked further below).
  • He makes the pithy case for land-lease living too, and
  • Manufactured homes as the solution for affordable housing hiding in plain sight.

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Sexual Harassment, Workplace Poll, Congress, President Sound Off – MH Industry Impact?

November 22nd, 2017 Comments off

SexualHarrasmentManHandsWomanShoulderMarianUDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsQuinnipiac University has released the results of a new poll that looks into the issue of sexual harassment in the workplace, Congress and the presidency.

Sixty percent of American women voters say they’ve experienced sexual harassment, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll released today,” states the poll’s media release to the Daily Business News.

If the poll is presumed to be reliable, it reflects troubling data for businesses, which would include manufactured housing.

A deeper dive into the sexual harassment and workplace issues, and how it may specifically impact manufactured housing industry professionals, is planned after Thanksgiving.

The poll could signal problems for the GOP’s reform agenda, again if the survey is presumed to be reliable.

Senator Al Franken Should Resign Immediately, Says Slate’s Mark Stern, Roy Moore Update

A look at elements of the poll will embedded in and following the president’s remarks on related topics, below. Rephrasing, the polls results being shown were not part of the president’s remarks, but some of the charts from are sprinkled in that presidential Q&A below, and then following it as well.

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Until yesterday, the president has been silent for days on the issues of sexual harassment, Congressional payoffs to accusers, GOP Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, Senator Al Franken (D-MN), and senior Democratic Congressman John Conyers, among other topics.



That Q&A from yesterday is being shared verbatim, per the White House pressroom release to the Daily Business News.

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PresidentTrumpQuestionsMarineOnePittsburgPressDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsQ Mr. President, are you ready to talk about Roy Moore at all?

THE PRESIDENT: Yeah, I’ll be talking about him. I can tell you one thing for sure: We don’t need a liberal person in there, a Democrat — Jones. I’ve looked at his record. It’s terrible on crime. It’s terrible on the border. It’s terrible on the military. I can tell you for a fact, we do not need somebody that’s going to be bad on crime, bad on borders, bad with the military, bad for the Second Amendment.

Q Is Roy Moore, a child molester, better than a Democrat? He’s an accused —

THE PRESIDENT: Well, he denies it. Look, he denies it. I mean, if you look at what is really going on, and you look at all the things that have happened over the last 48 hours, he totally denies it. He says it didn’t happen. And, you know, you have to listen to him also. You’re talking about, he said 40 years ago this did not happen. So, you know —

Q Are you going to campaign for Roy Moore?

THE PRESIDENT: I’ll be letting you know next week. But I can tell you, you don’t need somebody who’s soft on crime, like Jones.


Note, while most polls are showing the president’s job approval under 50 percent, the typical pollster predicted that candidate Trump wouldn’t win – just a little over a year ago. There does seem to be either an underground Trump supporter, and/or the internals of the poll, to see what percentage of Democrats, Republicans and independents are being polled, and adjusted for if/as needed, as MHProNews did last year pre-election to properly project the Trump upset win. Showing a poll doesn’t mean MHProNews endorses the poll.

Q Mr. President, what is your message to women, sir, during this pivotal moment in our country where we’re talking about sexual misconduct? You’ve had your own allegations against you. What do you say to women?

THE PRESIDENT: Let me just tell you, Roy Moore denies it. That’s all I can say. He denies it. And, by the way, he totally denies it.

Q Mr. President, what is your message to women? This is a pivotal moment in our nation’s history.

THE PRESIDENT: Women are very special. I think it’s a very special time because a lot of things are coming out, and I think that’s good for our society, and I think it’s very, very good for women. And I’m very happy a lot of these things are coming out, and I’m very happy it’s being exposed.


Q Should Al Franken resign now?

THE PRESIDENT: I don’t know — look, I don’t want to speak for Al Franken. I don’t know what happened.

Q What about John Conyers?

THE PRESIDENT: I just heard about Conyers two minutes ago.

As far as Franken is concerned, he’s going to have to speak for himself. I’d rather have him speak for himself.


This poll should be revisited after the Alabama Senate special election. Why? Because state polling indicates some show Roy Moore’s opponents up by a few, points, another shows Judge Roy Moore slightly ahead. The Access Hollywood/Bill Bush video of then candidate Trump was released shortly before the election; and as you know, Donald Trump is the president. Similarly, in spite of accusations against Bill Clinton, and he still won his race too.

Q What did you say to Vladimir Putin, sir?


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THE PRESIDENT: We had a great call with President Putin. We’re talking about peace in Syria — very important. We’re talking about North Korea. We had a call that lasted almost an hour and a half. We’ve just put out a release on the call. But we’re talking very strongly about bringing peace for Syria. We’re talking about very strongly about North Korea and Ukraine.

Q The AT&T-Time Warner merger, sir — what do you think about it?

THE PRESIDENT: Well, I’m not going to get involved in litigation. But, personally, I’ve always felt that that was a deal that’s not good for the country. I think your pricing is going to go up. I don’t think it’s a good deal for the country. But I’m not going to get involved. It’s litigation.

Thank you, everybody. Have a very great Thanksgiving.

Q Do you believe Roy Moore’s denials? Do you believe him?

THE PRESIDENT: Well, he denies. I mean, Roy Moore denies it. And, by the way, he gives a total denial. And I do have to say, 40 years is a long time. He’s run eight races, and this has never comes up. So 40 years is a long time. The women are Trump voters; most of them are Trump voters. All you can do is, you have to do what you have to do. He totally denies it.

Q Mr. President, do you believe Congress should release the names of lawmakers who have settled on sexual harassment claims?

THE PRESIDENT: I do. I really do. I think they should. Thank you. Have a good Thanksgiving, everybody.




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Quinnipiac University National Poll

Wikipedia says that Quinnipiac University does not disclose their polling arm’s operating budget, and the poll does not accept clients or outside funding.


That said, the Daily Kos, Akdart and The Conservative Treehouse are among those in media that note that Quinnipiac’s polling has historically had a left leaning, or pro-Democratic tilt.  For the left-right media tilt analysis by award winning journalist, Sharyl Attkisson, click here.


Some of the questions Quinnipiac used are what pollsters call “push polling” style. What that  means is that the question tends to push respondents in a certain direction, which may influence their responses.

QuinnipiaceUniversityWhereSexuallyHarrasedDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsThen, news media picks up those polls, often without qualifiers like those noted above, and thus those skewed responses are in turn a tool that attempts to influence the public at large.

Spotlight – Weinstein’s Weiner Scandal Rocks, Hollywood, Politics, Business – MH Market UPdate$

While virtually all polls show President Trump overall job approval numbers under 50 percent, what many in media fail to mention is what the Drudge Report recently pointed out.  Namely, that President Trump is polling better than other democratic world leaders, such as Britain’s May, Germany’s Merkle and France’s Macron.

The president also out-polls Congress, and trust in the mainstream news media.


The Daily Business News will do a post-Thanksgiving review of sexual harassment insights as it relates to manufactured housing. Stay tuned.  “We Provide, You Decide.” © ## (News, tips, and commentary.)


Beyond Thanksgiving, Reflections on Scandals, Fears, Reform, Prayer, Conversion

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