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Facebook, Marketing & News – Manufactured Housing Pros, Sarah Miller, ‘Citizens Against Monopoly’ Sound the Alarm

June 19th, 2018 Comments off


We got word that [Tuesday], Facebook Inc. is inviting Capitol Hill staffers to Washington DC’s “newest, most exclusive event venue” for free food and drinks. Events like this enable Facebook to peddle influence in the halls of power, and keep lawmakers from cracking down on its abuse of our democracy.”

So begins a statement by Sarah Miller, of Citizens Against Monopoly to the manufactured housing (MH) industry’s Daily Business News received at 8:15 PM last night. CAM is a subset of the Open Markets Institute, which promotes prosperity and liberty, including through their antitrust efforts.

MH industry marketing professionals are among the sources who have raised concerns over the enormous – and still growing – power that Facebook and Google have in marketing manufactured housing.

Voices across the left-right divide have increasingly been concerned too, because they exert so much sway over politicians.

But among those-laser focused on the issue is a group called Citizens Against Monopoly (CAM).

So we would like to extend the RSVP to you, the Citizens Against Monopoly community,” stated their message, about the latest Facebook lobbying move.

Some details about the Facebook event follow.


“A Place to Connect, D.C.”, bringing together “the D.C. community and Facebook” for “conversation and product demos”


The Showroom, 1099 14th St NW, Washington, D.C.

When: 1:30 pm – 7:30 pm, June 19



CAM on Facebook’s Lobbying

In the first quarter of 2018, Facebook spent $3.3 million lobbying the U.S. government, more than ever before,” CAM’s Miller told MHProNews.That’s a key part of how it builds power and evades accountability, and events like this one are part of the process.”

At “A Place to Connect,” Facebook’s #3 executive and top lobbyists will be schmoozing the people who are supposed to represent us, and trying to bamboozle Congress into believing that the company’s reforms are for real,” Miller said.

For instance, a former corporate lawyer who is now Facebook’s deputy chief privacy officer will try to argue that Facebook is stepping it up on privacy — all actual evidence to the contrary,” she asserts.

Industry readers may have seen Facebook’s ads on cable TV and elsewhere. Facebook is pitching their reforms to the public, ever since the Cambridge Analytica scandal broke.

But critics say that Facebook has failed to seriously address the fact that they played a significant role in former President Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election effort, as did Google. Given their enormous power in online search, Facebook and Google are among those forces that can help make or break a candidate.

Other presenters will be discussing Facebook’s role in the opioid crisis and its approach to election integrity, vital topics that are in the national interest. Facebook is billing the event as a “conversation” — if that’s the case, the people affected by Facebook’s bad behavior should be in the room to ask the tough questions,” Miller said to MHProNews.

With so much at stake in the debate over Facebook and the future of internet privacy, your voice deserves to be heard. So if you’re able, show up and ensure that the public is represented,” CAM stated.


Facts About Facebook, Google’s Growing Power

A December 2017 report by Statista said, “In fact, two companies, you may know them by the names of Google and Facebook, are so dominant in the online world that they account for more than 60 percent of global online ad revenues.”

Many mainstream news operations are alarmed at how much ad money – and thus political power – Facebook and Google have accumulated.  Warren Buffett is among those who have said that many media outlets will fail as a result.


The trend lines are similar to the trend lines in manufactured housing consolidation, see that chart, further below.

Among the concerns are the fact that Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg himself said in congressional testimony that there is a strong bias against conservatives, and for leftist, so-called “progressive” political causes.

New York Stern university’s Scott Galloway has been cited previously as a pro-tech voice, that believes that the Big Four must be broken up.

The RSVP is for the Facebook D.C. event is linked below.


While most industry pros are unlikely to be able to attend on such short notice, Citizens Against Monopoly provide the following link to ask the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to break up Facebook.

Sign the Freedom From Facebook petition: Tell the Federal Trade Commission to break up Facebook’s monopoly.


Industry Trade Media and Monopoly Reporting

Regular, longtime readers know that MHProNews has cited similar concerns over the monopolistic influence over the industry exerted by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway. To see how others in the mainstream media have raised similar concerns about Berkshire Hathaway’s increasingly monopolistic domination of manufactured housing, see the related reports links below.

Among the manufactured home industry’s trade media, or those in MH who blog, etc., MHProNews has stood largely alone in raising concerns about monopoly power in the industry.

To their credit, the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) in their reports has raised alarms over Berkshire Hathaway brands like Clayton Homes, 21st Mortgage and Vanderbilt.

But MH industry bloggers and publishers are happily taking ad money from the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI), and are largely silent on the disturbing trends. Many in MHVille believe that MHI is dominated by Berkshire Hathaway and their related interests.

One industry blogger that does periodic MH news admitted that “1,000” manufactured home industry professionals are talking about the influence of monopoly in MH, but that only MHProNews is focused on the subject. That MH blogger succumbed months ago to running more pro-MHI news too.

Given the trend lines of industry consolidation, it is a subject that no industry professional or investor can reasonably ignore.

When Republican Senator Ted Cruz (TX) and Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren (MA) are both speaking up about the corrosive influence of these monopolies, isn’t it time for more industry pros to sit up and take notice? These linked related reports can be read later, for more details.

Breakup “Massive Power” of Giants, “Subvert Our Democratic Process” Says Senator Cruz, & MH CEO’s Call for “Fully Competitive Housing Access”

Along with Apple and Microsoft, operations that are racing towards a trillion dollars in market cap which may be obtained next year, and how that can “suck the oxygen” out of the room for capital and competitors, as Galloway has said.


In the recently decided anti-trust case, some argued for AT&T that their survival is dependent on growth.

When a giant like AT&T, or Walmart are concerned about the rise of FANG or Amazon, and industry pros fret over the power of Berkshire Hathaway in MHVille, isn’t it a common-sense concern that federal regulators and advocates ought to address?


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Related Reports:

Clayton Homes, Top 25 Manufactured Housing Industry Report, Trend Lines

Wall Street Journal – Tech Giants are Monopolistic Threat to Businesses, U.S. Economy

“Audit the Algorithm!” – Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook and Google Monopoly – Manufactured Housing Marketers Notice

Progressive “Nation” Reports on Monopolies Cites Buffett, Clayton, Others – MH Industry Impact?

Smoking Gun 3 – Warren Buffett, Kevin Clayton, Clayton Homes, 21st Mortgage Corp Tim Williams – Manufactured Home Lending, Sales Grab?


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Trump’s Opponents Spent over $75 Million Trying to Defeat Him

May 4th, 2016 Comments off

trump__thegatewaypundit__creditMHProNews has learned from thegatewaypundit that anti-Trump groups spent $75.7 million on 64,000 television ads against Donald Trump’s bid for the presidency, according to ad tracking firm Kantar Media/CMAG. This figure does not include ads that appeared on cable and satellite channels as those are not part of the tracking data.

Conservative Solutions PAC, a pro Marco Rubio group, spent over one of every four dollars for an anti-Tump ad—about $19.7 million. One of their ads, “Serious,” ran 3,939 times, the most of any anti-Trump ad. His campaign even ran ads in Missouri attempting to link Trump to the KKK.

The second most anti-Trump ad that ran, “Day One,” was sponsored by a Sen. Ted Cruz group that criticized Trump and other candidates.

In second place for the most anti-Trump dollars spent came from Jeb Bush’s super PAC, Right to Rise USA, which spent nearly $10 million.

Shelling out the most of any presidential candidate on either side of the aisle, Hillary Clinton’s campaign spent $5.2 million on ads with an anti-Trump message.

But Cruz’s campaign spent $4.3 million against Trump, more than any other Republican.

Meanwhile, on the Democrat side, Bernie Sanders defeated Hillary Clinton in Indiana, the same state that gave Trump a resounding defeat over Ted Cruz, and all but sealed the Republican primary for Trump.

As MHProNews has reported, Democrats want to keep, and possibly expand, the reach of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, while Republicans say they want to do away with the agency. ##

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Trump Towers, Clinton Cruises to NY Win

April 20th, 2016 Comments off

trump_towers__ny__post__creditIn the New York primary, with 98.8% of the votes tabulated, according to what politico tells MHProNews, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump topped opponents Sen. Ted Cruz and Gov. John Kasich, winning 60.5 percent of the votes, 89 of the 95 delegates. Kasich earned 25.1 percent, picking up three delegates, while Cruz received 14.5 percent.

On the Democrat side, Hillary Clinton gained 57.9 percent of the vote, picking up 175 delegates while Sen. Bernie Sanders gained 42.1 percent, giving him 106 delegates.

The three remaining candidates for the Republican nomination intend to alter or end what they see as the job and growth killing policies and practices of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, while both Democratic candidates vow to keep or strengthen what they see as the important reforms of the Dodd-Frank Act. ##

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Trump Support Strong among Manufactured Home Residents

March 21st, 2016 Comments off

trump_rally_valdosta_georgia_speech__marie_miller__mark_wellheiser__getty_images__creditAs newsmax informs MHProNews, The New York Times reports Donald Trump supporters defy typical, political norms. A demographic study released by The Times said, The places where Trump has done well cut across many of the usual fault lines of American politics — North and South, liberal and conservative, rural and suburban.”

What does characterize the Trump backers? William Frey of the Brookings Institution said, “It’s a nonurban, blue-collar and now apparently quite angry population. They’re not people who have moved around a lot, and things have been changing away from them, but they live in areas that feel stagnant in a lot of ways.”

When asked if they would support Donald Trump for the GOP nomination, responses revealed while Trump won a large share of college-educated votes in New Hampshire and Nevada, data reveals strong support for him from areas of voters who did not complete high school. Secondly, when asked of their heritage, Trump supporters say “American”–which correlates with 61 percent of Trumpeteers who do not believe President Obama was born in the United States.

The third correlation lists people who live in manufactured homes, which the NYT/newsmax, not knowing the difference between MH and mh, erroneously calls “mobile homes,” as supporters of the Republican billionaire.

Fourth, the overwhelming majority of Trump supporters earn under $50,000. The Republican frontrunner blames bad trade, immigration and health care policies that have taken away jobs.

Next, “Trump territory showed stronger support for the segregationist George Wallace in the 1968 election than the rest of the country, and substantially weaker support for the liberal-leaning former Republican John B. Anderson in 1980,” says NYT in the study.

While union leaders have expressed concerns about Trump, a Boston Globe survey indicated 54 percent of union Republican households support him. Immigrants are the fewest where he has the strongest support, and evangelicals do not seem dismayed by his stance on gay issues and abortion, or that he is twice-divorced.

Nor are Trump’s supporters swayed by attempts by opponents to paint him as liberal-leaning; and WASPS, a traditional Republican base, are more likely to support Sen. Ted Cruz. Religion News reports a survey of Republican ministers revealed only five percent supported Trump. ##

(Photo credit: Getty Images/Mark Wellheiser–Marie Miller reacting to a speech by Donald Trump at Valdosta State College in February, 2016.)

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New York State Emerson Poll reveals Shift of electorate about Trump, Cruz and Clinton in Primary Contests

March 18th, 2016 Comments off

emerson_college_primary_pollFollowing their primary wins, both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump hold commanding leads in New York, ahead of the April 19 primary, that could determine their ultimate candidacies, according to a survey by the Emerson College Polling Society, reports media.wix.

The Society, a Department of Communications Studies at Emerson College, called 298 likely primary voters between March 14 and March 16, 2016, using an interactive voice response (IVR) system of land lines, with margin of error of +/- 5.6%.

In the Republican primary, the survey shows Donald Trump with 64 percent of the primary votes, followed by Ted Cruz with 12 percent, Marco Rubio dropped out with four percent, and John Kasich hangs on with one percent. In a Trump vs. Cruz scenario, Trump would trump Cruz 69% to 25%.

The Democratic primary has Clinton leading Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders by 71% to 23%. While many younger voters (18-34) like Sanders, Clinton dominates in key demographic groups, including men, women, African-Americans and Hispanics. By age groups, Clinton is ahead in all groups above 34 years.

Among likely Democratic primary voters, both Clinton and Sanders have high favorability ratings, but Clinton supporters who view her favorably are 85% more likely to vote for her, as opposed to the 31% who see Sanders favorably that intend to vote for him.

In the Empire State’s Republican primary, Trump has the highest favorable/unfavorable ratio at 71%/23%, followed by Cruz at 52%/44% and Kasich at 54%/34%. Trump supporters are the most loyal, 89% favorable to him will vote for him, while only 21 percent who have a favorable view of Cruz intend to vote for him.

Head-to-head in a general election, Clinton beats Trump 55% to 36%, and Sanders would win 53% to 36%. Versus Cruz, Clinton would win 61% to 30%.

Both Clinton and Sanders favor strengthening Dodd-Frank, while Trump and Cruz have stated they would change and/or abolish Dodd-Frank, as well as the Affordable Care Act.

Among Republican voters in New York, dissatisfaction with government at 47% is a major concern, followed by the economy at 29%. For Democrats it’s the economy at 25% and race relations at 18%. ##

(Graphic credit: Emerson College Polling Society)

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The Donald’s Duck Dynasty Reality LA Win

March 6th, 2016 Comments off

Donald Trump packs the house in less than 24 hours at the CFE Arena at the University of Central Florida, touting “the movement” that Time Magazine and others in the mainstream media have taken note of in recent weeks. Photo credit, MyNews13.

The headline practically writes itself. Governor Bobby Jindal’s endorsement of Marco Rubio had little noticeable impact, as the junior U.S. Senator from Florida came in a distant third in his state, while the “Duck Dynasty” Robertson family support of Donald Trump was a true reality TV victory for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign in Louisiana in the March 5, 2016 primary contest.

Self-described Democratic socialist, U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), took Nebraska and Kansas, with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton winning in LA.

Trump and Senator Ted Cruz split victories on March 5th, with Cruz winning caucuses in Kansas and Maine, and Trump winning Louisiana and Kentucky, scoring an edge in the states with the larger delegate counts.


Image credit, AP.

The other headline for March 5th voting ought to be that none of the so-called establishment candidates have won a race on the Republican side. Rubio became the default go-to person once establishment favorite, Jeb Bush, bowed out after his resounding defeat in South Carolina.


Cartoon credit, Mike Lester, Washington Post.

The once-vaunted 100+ million dollar war chest of the Bush campaign and the pro-Bush super PACs failed to dent The Donald’s populist/nationalist and self-described “common sense conservatism” movement. Some argue that attacks on Trump have actually helped him with voters angry at the establishment and the political status quo. Anti-Trump super PACs have pledged to spend up to $40 million in negative TV ads, hoping to derail the candidate’s momentum with voters.


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Rubio – who came to Washington, DC as a Tea Party candidate –  has won in Minnesota and is expected to do well in Puerto Rico; but polling and the upcoming map for his campaign looks grim.

If it’s a tough road for Rubio, the path for under-funded Ohio Governor John Kasich is even more problematic. Each must win their home states on March 15, but each faces stiff challenges in their own turfs and beyond.

An emboldened Ted Cruz campaign narrative not only continues to declare that his is the only campaign that has been able to consistently upend Trump, Cruz is essentially forcing a showdown with the real estate titan by opening ten well placed campaign offices in FL. 

Anti-Trump talk radio show host, Erick Erickson, called Saturday morning for Rubio to join Ted Cruz’s campaign as his VP, as yet another attempt to derail Donald Trump’s otherwise apparent path to the Republican party nomination. 

Drudge Report headline says that Trump has called on Rubio to bow out. Trump has brushed off Rubio’s recent attacks – which were essentially repeated and underscored by 2012 Republican nominee Mitt Romney – as having the same impact as that of others, like former Governor Jeb Bush who tried it before. Trump called Romney a “failed candidate” who blew an election he should have won against the “failed presidency of Barack Obama.


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Voter turnout for Democratic candidates has been down so far in 2016 vs. the 2008 election cycle. By contrast, the energy created on the hotly contested Republican side has seen record voting, with increases of 50% and more in various states to date.  In Massachusetts, reports say that some 20,000 Democrats left their party to vote in the Republican primary.

Those facts have bolstered the Trump campaign claims that it has brought in Democrats and Independents, and could in a general election, win in states such as deep blue New York or New Jersey, as well as swing states such as Florida, Ohio, Virginia or Pennsylvania. Trump says that Hillary’s campaign fears running against him.  Indeed, Clinton has mentioned Trump directly or by inference, while generally ignoring other Republican candidates.

The Campaign and the MH Industry


CFPB regulations has made buying and selling manufactured homes under $75k more difficult, and the impact on manufactured homes with a value under $20,000 has been even more severe. This has trapped many would-be buyers in a de facto Renters Nation. Image credit, MHProNews.

Rubio has supported the manufactured housing industry’s reforms sought in the Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act, S 682. The Washington Post quotes Ted Cruz as saying, Five major agencies that I would eliminate: the IRS, the Department of Commerce, the Department of Energy, the Department of Commerce and HUD.” Cruz has suggested the functions of those agencies could be sent back to states or to other federal departments, which leaves manufactured housing industry members wondering – would the HUD Code manufactured home program functions be transferred to, say, the Department of the Interior?

Democratic candidates have favored no changes on Dodd-Frank that might help affordable housing.  HR 650 passed the House in the spring of 2015 with bi-partisan support, and the current state of the CFPB’s regulations harms the resale values of millions of lower cost manufactured home and conventional housing owners


CFPB regulations restricts free speech rights, one of the changes sought in HR 650/S 682 MLO rule.  The CFPB furthermore restricts lending – even by those who risk their own capital to make loans on manufactured homes. Learn more at the video linked here. Image credit, MHProNews.

Donald Trump was quoted by The Hill  as saying, We have DoddFrank and we’re in a bubble right now anyway,” Trump has called Dodd-Frank “Terrible,” and along with other Republican candidates, has said he’d repeal the legislation that created the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).

While many questions remain on the specifics of what impact the policy positions of each of the campaigns might have on affordable housing in general, and manufactured housing in particular, there is little doubt that the Democratic front runner’s greatest primary challenge is the FBI and the DOJ, while the upcoming math and momentum strongly favors Donald Trump. ##

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Sunday Morning Recap-Manufactured Housing Industry News Dec. 6-Dec. 13, 2015

December 13th, 2015 Comments off

mhpronews_sunday_morningWhat’s New in public focused Manufactured

Why Families, Singles and Couples are Attracted to Good Manufactured Home Communities

Police Chief’s Wife is on Town Council and Loves Manufactured Home Living

What’s New in Manufactured Housing Industry Professional News

Homeless Housing in Dublin in Dispute. FEMA CA Wildfire Housing to Seniors. Iowa county allows only multi-section homes. More insider trading at Drew, Patrick and Skyline. Ronnie Richards appointed to Texas board. MH organizations sponsor food drive. New officers at Patrick. MHPros ask industry to contact Congress re: S682. Clayton buying Texas plant. Michigan MHC settles suit. Modular homes mimic Hobbit Holes. And much, more in news and views for you to peruse.

Saturday, Dec.12

Patrick Announces New President, CFO

Friday, Dec.11

Temporary Spending Measure Passes to Keep Government Open

Dow Spirals Downward as Oil Falls, Pulling many Stocks Down

Skyline CEO Florea buys Company Stock

Clayton Manufacturing Closes on New Plant

Trump Gaining Steam, Cruz, Rubio appealing to MHPros

Kovach asks Community to Contact Congress in Support of S 682

Thursday, Dec. 10

One-time Fee would Raise the Cost of a Manufactured Home

Modular Home Offers Life on the Water

MH-related Stocks Relatively Quiet in Today’s Trading

Michigan, Arbor Americana MHC Settle Lawsuit

Manufacturing Housing Pros rallying Troops for More Financing Options in 2016

Modular Homeless Housing in Dublin Hits another Snag

Wednesday, Dec 9

Modular Container Homes in Costa Rica will be Off the Grid

Most MH-related Stocks Slip, as do Dow, Nasdaq and S&P 500

First FEMA Manufactured Homes will be for Seniors Displaced by Valley Fires

Modular Homes Built to Mimic Hobbit Holes

MHC Management Sets Payment Plan for Miscalculated Charges

Tuesday, Dec. 8

Manufactured Home Organizations help Sponsor Annual Food Drive

Jeffrey L. Gendell Continues Unloading Patrick Stock

Sun Stock Rises Alone as Third Avenue Value Fund, UFPI Drop Sharply

Passages: Mary “Irene” Younkin

Sun Lights Up with Distributions

Passages: Darla Blanchard

Monday, Dec. 7

Rural Scott County Iowa only Allows Multi-Section Manufactured Homes

Manufactured Home finally Saved from Creek

More MH-related Stocks Slip than Rise

Texas Gov. Appoints Richards to MH Board

Drew Principals Sell over 40k Shares of Stock

Sunday Morning Recap-Manufactured Housing Industry News Nov. 29-Dec. 6, 2015 ##

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Trump Gaining Steam, Cruz, Rubio appealing to MHPros

December 11th, 2015 Comments off

political_caucus__precincts_from_Wash_state_46th_Legislaltive_District_caucus_in_a_school_lunch_room_(2008).MHProNews is hearing about support among industry members for candidates ranging from Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton on the Democratic side, to Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and the political phenom of the year, Donald Trump among Republicans.

As the 2016 primary season heats up, The New York Times reports that Trump is no longer a laughing matter among Democrats. Trumps positions on immigration, and his recent talk of banning Muslims from coming to America in the wake of the San Bernardino terror attack last week has the political class rebelling, but his poll numbers are continuing to rise so far.

Writing in washingtonexaminer, Byron York says while the media rages over Republican frontrunner Donald Trump’s declarations, his supporters in Iowa say his draw is so strong he is bringing newcomers into the caucus process. If true, combine these with current Trump supporters and he could win in Feb.

Meanwhile, Texas Senator Ted Cruz is picking up support in Iowa, having received endorsements from evangelical leader Bob Vander Plaats as well as Iowa U. S. Rep. Steve King. One recent poll showed Cruz in the lead, while a different one had Trump ahead. Trump supporters say the polls do not show the true strength of his draw.

Trump’s proposal to ban Muslims is not hurting him here in the Midwest. York says, “The idea that caused the punditocracy’s heads to explode doesn’t appear to be having the same effect among Iowa Republicans.

Mr. York was a featured speaker at a Manufactured Housing Institute event.

Patrick Buchanan writes on wnd that while Donald Trump was being called a fascist demagogue, compared to Hitler and Mussolini for proposing a ban on Muslim immigration, in 1924 the Congress restricted immigration, especially from Asia, and from southern and central Europe. This resulted in a 40 year moratorium on most immigration into the U. S.

President Coolidge and congressional leaders wanted the U. S. to maintain religious and ethnic ties to Europe, not Africa or Asia, the “law of the land” under FDR, Truman and JFK.

He says, “The Constitution protects freedom of religion for U. S. citizens. But citizens of foreign lands have no constitutional right to migrate. And federal law gives a president broad powers in deciding who comes and who does not, especially in wartime.” ##

(Photo credit: wikipediacommons–Precincts from Washington state’s 46th Legislative District caucus in a school lunchroom (2008).

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House to Sue President Obama, as Supreme Court Denies Birth Control Provision of ACA

June 30th, 2014 Comments off

U. S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) plans to introduce legislation that will allow the House to sue President Obama for unconstitutional overreach, according to Allowing the House to sue through the House general counsel, the bill is in response to the president’s executive actions, including preventing the deportation of young illegal immigrants who came to the U. S. as children, rising the minimum wage for employees of federal contractors and allowing the curbing of carbon emissions from coal plants. Rep. Boehner says these issues are the responsibility of Congress to consider. “I believe the House must act as an institution to defend the constitutional principles at stake and to protect our system of government and our economy from continued executive abuse,” he said in the letter. “The president has an obligation to faithfully execute the laws of our country.” MHProNews understands courts are generally reluctant to intervene in cases involving the executive and legislative branches of government.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court has decided by a 5-4 vote that Hobby Lobby may opt out of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on religious grounds that requires them to provide contraceptives to female employees, as MHProNews has learned.

In addition, Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) says the Obama administration suffered their 12th defeat at the hands of the Supreme Court over the so-called recess appointments that were made when Congress was not actually in recess. Sen. Lee, quoted in, says it is just the “tip of the iceberg” because there are other cases of President Obama exceeding his executive authority that have not made it to the Supreme Court yet. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) says, “This marks the 12th time since January 2012 that the Supreme Court has unanimously rejected the Obama administration’s calls for greater federal executive power,” he pointed out after the release of the recess-appointments ruling. He had previously said in April 2013, “When President Obama’s own Supreme Court nominees join their colleagues in unanimously rejecting the administration’s call for broader federal power nine times in 18 months, the inescapable conclusion is that the Obama administration’s view of federal power knows virtually no bounds.” ##

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