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“What the Hell?” “The Audacity of Hope” – Obama, Trump, Presidential Promises Kept, & MH

January 5th, 2018 Comments off

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Facts can be nettlesome.

Stating the obvious, successful businesses rely on facts.

Most businesses do better when there is economic, legal, and regulatory clarity. For investors and business professionals, certainty – dependability – matters.

Just as the power to tax is the power to destroy, so too regulatory burdens can be a barrier: 

  • for entering business, or
  • for staying in business.

As thousands of businesses in our industry and others painfully learned, destruction is just as real from tough regulations as they are from burdensome taxes.  High taxes are known to drive business from a high tax state to lower one.  High regulations do the same thing. They tend to drive business and investments from higher regulatory states to a lower ones with fewer regulations.

The certainty of that destruction is also what causes business and capital to move from a high tax and regulation nation to other nations where taxes and regulations are lower.

Presidents Obama and Trump have a unique claim they could both make. Each president has their own kind of promise keeping.

Each of their promises have impacted our branch of the housing industry, for good or ill. Those promises did the same for America…

For those who understand nettlesome facts about policies and economics, what would happen under Presidents Obama and Trump were/are entirely predictable.

“More Dangerous…Decisions” – Unlocking the Industry Professional’s Potential Power in 2018

Set aside style. Set aside emotions. Focus on the proven principles.

Business relies on hard facts, not feelings. Business in our factory built home industry – or any other industry- rely on a dependable tax, investment, and regulatory environment.

The President of the United States (POTUS) Barack Hussein Obama promised to fundamentally transform America. He kept that promise. He spoke and wrote about the “audacity of hope.” But the nettlesome facts are that Mr. Obama did so by contradicting numbers of claims he made while campaigning. 

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Words can inspire, but they also matter as to what the words in fact mean in practice.

Now POTUS Donald John Trump made promises too. One of those campaign promises he made was specifically to minorities. “What the hell do you have to lose anyway?”- Trump asked in stump speeches on the campaign trail in 2016. After decades of what opponents of left-wing politics said was making life demonstrably worse for blacks and Hispanics in America, Trump asked for a chance, and promised to deliver for minorities and all Americans.

The small numbers of blacks and hispanics that combined with white working class “blue collar” workers is what tilted dozens of blue counties, into red ones for Mr. Trump. That’s what delivered Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan from blue to red, and won him the election in 2016. 

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Principle-based reality matters more than rhetoric.

“Leaders Grasp Nettles” – Health, Professional, and Home Seekers Wisdom

But one more fundamental difference is that Mr. Trump was candid about who he was, and what he wanted to do.

Mr. Trump never claimed to be a saint. Voters knew what they were getting. Mr. Obama arguably was honest on some things during his campaigns, but not so on others. Who said? Gruber and others, from Mr. Obama’s own team.

Benson Demonstrates How “Propaganda Works” on “Most Americans”

You or people you know might love Mr. Obama’s speeches. Millions do, because he’s good at giving them.  The below is the “speech that made Obama President.”

But policies are what drive markets, capital, and business. POTUS Obama spoke well, but so does businessman turned president, Donald J. Trump.

 

It’s another nettlesome fact that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a Republican. He wasn’t for socialism, King was for equality of opportunity, not for ‘redistribution of the wealth,’ that Mr. Obama promised. His policies undermined confidence in investments, business, and thus job creation.  By accident and/or design, the policies failed to deliver prosperity for all but the top 1 percent.

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Night and Day. Black and White, But Not Color

It’s not about the identity politics of racial divides, which candidate Obama promised to heal, but which he arguably made worse. Survey after survey showed that race relations worsened under the eight years of Mr. Obama’s tenure in the White House.

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Rather, it is about the politics of prosperity which traditional American faith and the principles of the free enterprise freedom and that limited government yields.

The first candidate that this writer contributed to happened to be a black man.  But he wasn’t Barack Obama, who this writer consistently opposed for reasons of policy (it was Alan Keyes, who served under POTUS Ronald Reagan, because Keyes believed among other things in limited government, in regulatory reform, plus ending waste, fraud, and abuse in government).

Mr. Obama’s rhetoric made him famous and popular.

The “audacity of hope” plus “hope and change” were good slogans, but the policies he practiced yielded to despair. Why? Because that is what socialist principles give way to in the end. Look at Cuba, Venezuela, or Red China before they switched to a more market based (but still communist centralized) economy.

“Death by Government,” Fascism, Communism, Socialism, ‘Big Brother,’ per Williams, Rummel and Owens

Words matter, but proven principles and policies matter more.

Those in whatever walk of life that supported Mr. Obama for reasons of style learned the hard way that his policies were bad for business.

In ironic twists, the nation’s first black president made economic life for blacks and hispanics in America worse. 

Spreading the wealth around” through redistribution via socialistic principles was a guaranteed recipe for economic train wrecks.  Unfettered immigration, due to the law of supply and demand – depresses the wages of the working class of all colors.  But the reverse is true too.  Control immigration, create incentives for business to invest in America, and you’ll watch more jobs get created and more businesses succeed, which creates over time still more jobs – and at higher wages.

So Mr. Obama’s policies doubled the national debt. They harmed businesses, jobs, and workers. Yet Mr. Obama claimed on the campaign trail that Mr. Bush 43’s raising national debt so high was unpatriotic and unAmerican. Mr. Obama was right to call out that Bush error. But the nettlesome facts are that POTUS Obama clearly made deficits and debts far worse.

That too matters for business and investments. Because capital sucked up to support the debt ought to be going to create more business, and thus more and better jobs.

NFIB’s Juanita Duggan Cheers, Leads, Explains Why on Tax Reform for American Businesses

Businesses failed under the Obama years in record numbers.

“I’m tired…” – Terry Decio, Skyline Homes, on Manufactured Housing

That’s not an accident, it’s because high taxes and high regulations yields destruction of business and opportunities.

Ken Corbin “the 10,000 Drop,” points to Industry Woe, Causes of Manufactured Housing’s 10 & 20 Year Collapse?

Of course capital, investments, and thus jobs fled overseas.

Of course reversing those poor policies would bring business and jobs back, and “make America great again.”

It’s common economic and policy sense applied. It’s substance over style. 

POTUS Trump’s policies are pro-all-business, while POTUS Obama’s were for arguably more favorable towards big business, and often those crony capitalist donors.

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Mr. Obama was honest about some things.

But if Jonathan Gruber, the architect of ObamaCare was right, the Obama Administration was dishonest about other matters.

They lied to Americans to get what they wanted on health care and Dodd-Frank.  What Mr. Obama and other disciples of Saul Alinsky wanted was to fundamentally reshape America.

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

Mr. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence promised to be in the promise keeping business. They got off to a rocky start, but they are delivering.

VP Elect Pence Vows Promises Will Be Kept, Jobs, ObamaCare and Regs in Video

The economy is roaring back. 

Presidents like Obama and Clinton often spoke pretty words, but they didn’t always mean what they said.  History matters, proven principles over empty promises matter.

Was Bill Clinton Just Wrong, or Did He Lie? MH Impact – Facts, Analysis

Trump the Builder, and Businessman, Mr. Warren Buffett and Hillary Clinton

One this twelfth day of the Christmas season, it is good to reflect on just what has happened to this industry, and why it has happened.

Ladies – Love, Lunacy, Leadership, and those “Laddies”

Mr Buffett supported both Barack Obama and Secretary Hillary Clinton. He said he did so for policy reasons. That’s significant. Take that seriously.

 

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It is no secret that MHProNews did not support the re-election of President Barack Obama in the 2012 election cycle. As the cite from left-of-center media outlet, Mother Jones noted at the time, Buffett was a strong supporter of Obama. Obama in turn was a strong support of Dodd-Frank, and not changing the CFPB. See related, linked below. http://www.mhpronews.com/blogs/daily-business-news/manufactured-housing-institute-vp-revealed-important-truths-on-mhis-lobbying-agenda/

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Hillary Clinton, left, Warren Buffett, right. Credit – Boston Globe.  Buffett said he supported Clinton’s policies, and Obama’s too.  Why not take that literally?  Why not see what that meant for manufactured housing in practice, and for the nation as a whole too?

Because based upon his policies, what Mr. Obama gave us as president was Dodd-Frank and ObamaCare. POTUS Obama led Democrats left, and created a tax and regulatory environment that killed thousands of smaller business.  That killed jobs, raised welfare payments, etc.

But those same Obama policies favored big business.

It’s black and white.

It’s about the math of tax and regulations, not race or style. 

ELS’ Sam Zell – Compliance Costs Destroys Smaller Businesses = Consolidation

There are some taxes, some regulations that are needed. How much is debatable, but generally, less is better. So Mr. Obama – and Ms. Clinton, had she been elected – put in place – and she would have kept in place – the big regulatory state and high taxes.

Warren Buffett, “the Moat,” Manufactured Housing, Berkshire Hathaway, Clayton Homes, 21st Mortgage, Vanderbilt, Wells Fargo, NAI…

That favored Mr. Buffett’s Big Business Brands. That includes manufactured housing.

Manufactured Housing Institute VP Revealed Important Truths on MHI’s Lobbying, Agenda

So, Mr. Buffett, as a student of history, and economic principles, could generally predict what would happen under both Obama or Clinton. It perfectly suited Mr. Buffett’s “moat” principle.

Duty To Serve, “Complete Waste of Time” per Tim Williams, CEO/21st Mortgage; POTUS Trump, Warren Buffett Insight$

The Berkshire Hathaway dominated Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) invited not one, but two paid Clinton speakers to be on their stage in Chicago to address their members. The Daily Business News reported that several ties. MHI has never denied the claim.

Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) Shifts on DOE Regulatory Rule, Report, Analysis

Facts are nettlesome things. People often buy into style over substance. That can prove costly.

NAHB Report – High Cost of Regulations Impact Housing – and Manufactured Housing

Follow the money. Pay more attention to what people do, not what they say. Principles and policies matter.

 

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Lavin is an MHI award winner, and a success story in communities, retail and finance.

So long as his health and safety hold up, and his party stays united enough on his plans, of course America will be greater again under POTUS Trump.

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President Trump and VP Mike Pence have both said they will be in the promise keeping business. So far, so good.  History, and proven, pragmatic principles, matter.

In hindsight, there will likely be discovered a series of scandals from the Clintons and Obama Administration years that will be unlike anything America has ever seen.  Informed sources say the higher levels of the FBI and DOJ were politicized. They claim the deep state is real.

“Hacks” – Explosive 2016 Campaign Claims by Former DNC Chair, Donna Brazile

The so-called ‘Russia collusion’ narrative could easily flip into a Democratic scandal, akin to the one where Secretary Clinton allegedly rigged the primary against Bernie Sanders, per Democratic party leader, Donna Brazile.

Newspaper Names Clayton Homes, Clinton Foundation, Hillary Clinton In “Swamp After Storm” Post-Disaster “Corruption”

Clayton Homes, said the Toledo Blade and others, profited from the Clinton connections in the Obama Administration.

Clayton will benefit from FEMA, while others in manufactured housing will suffer.

MH Lending, FEMA and False Profits (and False Prophets)

Monopolistic practices are bad for America, in principle. Heavy regulations, heavy taxes and crony capitalism are all bad for our HUD Code manufactured home business in principle.

Lawsuits for Triple Damages – Anti-Trust, Anti-Monopoly Law, Manufactured Housing, and You

These are not matters of color or style. These are nettlesome facts. Tax, and regulatory tend to policies create or destroy investments, businesses and thus jobs. Mr. Trump, the entertainer, builder, and business man gets that.

Killing Off 100s of Independent Manufactured Home Retailers, Production Companies – Tim Williams/21st Mortgage “Smoking Gun” Document 2

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Mr. Buffett, supported the moat candidates. Buffett’s brands have been accused of taking control over MHI, which does their bidding.  Independent businesses have been forced out, or killed off by heavy regulations.  Doesn’t that fit with the goals of Mr. Buffett’s moat principle to the tee?

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By contrast, for years, MHARR has opposed business and job killing regulations.

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We agree with Warren Buffett on the value of the lessons of history, reading and research. Without those deep insights, the wool can be pulled over other people’s eyes. We disagree with Mr. Buffett on his political positions, which have proven harmful to America and our industry.

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“Drag a hundred-dollar bill through a trailer park, you never know what you’ll find,” James Carville, Clinton Strategist

November 23rd, 2017 Comments off

Drag$100BillThroughTrailerParkNeverKnowWhatYoullFindJamesCarvilleQuoteWikipediaPresidentBillClintonDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsA Democratic strategist said in the run-up to Thanksgiving, 2017, that the holiday should be used to torture supporters of President Donald J. Trump.

Then candidate Trump’s 2016 opponent, Secretary Hillary Clinton’s full infamous quote: “You know, to just be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables.  Right?”

It seems that slurs and name calling – what debaters call the low-brow tactic of using a demeaning attack on the person – is something that the Clintons, their strategists have been willing to do.

That Clinton quote was widely considered to be one of the reasons that many turned out to vote for Donald Trump. Among those Trump supporters, per a New York Times poll, and a survey in a manufactured home community by the Daily Business News, were owners of pre-HUD Code mobile homes, and post-code manufactured homes.

Wikipedia says that the quote, “Drag a hundred-dollar bill through a trailer park, you never know what you’ll find.” was used in “January 1996; thought to be a reference to Paula Jones and her charge that President Clinton had sexually assaulted her, but Carville insisted he meant Gennifer Flowers.”

Quotes below by Carville are exactly as found on Wikipedia.  

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Consider those quotes in the light of the sexual harassment scandals that have embroiled Hollywood, the media, politics, and business.

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 Isn’t this part of the antidote to the t-word issue? JD Harper seemed to think so, per his op-ed, linked below.

 

Harper – Thank You Rev Donald Tye, Fighting for Enhanced Preemption of Manufactured Homes

Is it any wonder that during the presidential debates, when Secretary Clinton went after candidate Trump for the allegations against him, that he fired back by saying that Clinton had defended her husband’s womanizing and attacks on women? Attacks that cause Bill Clinton to be disbarred for lying under oath, led to his impeachment, and caused him to pay out a 6 figure settlement to one of his accusers?

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That bad behavior exists in both major political parties is a given.  Tammy Bruce, a radio host and Fox News commentator said she believes that the split is going to be 70 percent Democrat, 30 percent Republican when the evidence comes out of who did what in congressional sexual abuse settlements that cost the taxpayers millions of dollars.

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

Many Democrats are circling the wagons around Al Franken, even though some insiders say that it would be rising star Keith Ellison (D-MN) that would likely get the nod from Minnesota’s Democratic governor, if Franken is ousted, and a replacement is named.

The party whose prior president and last presidential candidate brought the nation ObamaCare and Dodd-Frank is the party that Warren Buffett has supported.

And Secretary Clinton is a student of Saul Alinsky.

“Never Let a Serious Crisis Go To Waste”

All of these are allegations are points that can readily be documented.

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Hillary Clinton, left, Warren Buffett, right. Credit – Boston Globe. For a related report, click the above.  

It is up to independent minded manufactured home professionals to decide who among the industry’s billionaires are correct?

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Zell photo credit, MHProNews. Communities photo credit, ELS. Related report, click here or the above.

Sam Zell, in the quote above, or those that backed Clinton and Obama, that gave the industry the woes that MHI is claiming to combat?

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Why Are Billionaires Attracted to Manufactured Homes?

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“Multiple Fatal Defects,” Association Calls HUD Secretary Carson to Enforce Trump’s Executive Order, re: HUD IB

July 5th, 2017 Comments off

AssociationWarnsHUDIBLetterStopDailyBusinessNewsReportsDataResortsMHProNewsThe Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) manufactured housing program administrator, Pamela Beck Danner, JD, or another person there authorized the issue of an Interpretive Bulletin (IB) concerning “frost-free” and frost-protected manufactured housing foundations in freezing climates.

The HUD IB was issued on June 23, 2017, states the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR).   That bulletin, MHARR tells MHProNews, has “multiple fatal defects.”

MHARR asked for manufactured home industry “Manufacturers, Retailers, And Communities” to be alerted to the impacts, and costs associated with the latest HUD IB.

The Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) position on this IB is not clear to the Daily Business News at this time.  MHProNews has asked MHI for a comment, which has not yet been received as of the time of this report’s publication.

Citing the regulatory “freeze” order issued by the Trump Administration on January 20, 2017,” MHARR sent Dr. Carson a communication to Secretary Carson (copy attached), asking HUD:

(1) to state whether the proposed IB was reviewed and approved by an agency head or designee appointed by President Trump after Noon on January 20, 2017, as required by the “freeze” order;

(2) to identify any such official(s) or designee(s) who reviewed and approved the proposed IB; and

(3) to state whether that official was aware of the multiple fatal defects in the proposed IB that are detailed by MHARR in its communication.

The MHARR’s full release to MHProNews is linked here.

The copy of the letter sent to HUD Secretary, Dr. Carson is linked here. ##

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Note 1: Dr. Carson has been the subject of several recent reports and videos of interest to industry readers; one is linked here, and here.

Note 2: Pam Danner’s belated effort to ‘promote’ manufactured housing is linked here.

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Big League Presidential Deals Undermine DC Narrative of Struggling Trump Administration

May 22nd, 2017 Comments off
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A Harvard study shows how media has covered the President over the first 100 days. Credit: Harvard.

As President Donald Trump continues his first overseas trip, rumblings back home continue.

As the Daily Business News covered last week, the fallout from President Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey on May 10th, followed by accusations of discussing classified information in a meeting with Russian officials, has caused an already bubbling cauldron to begin boiling over.

The plan, it appears, is the impeachment of President Trump.

While Democrat leaders such as Maxine Waters (TX), Nancy Pelosi (CA), and even legendary attorney Alan Dershowitz are saying  that there is no “there there” regarding a call for impeachment, or Russian collusion, Rep. Al Green (D-TX) fired the first shot in the battle on the House floor.

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Rep. Al Green (D-TX.) Credit: Twitter.

I rise today…to call for the impeachment of the President for obstruction of justice,” said Green.

We are talking about a president who fired the FBI director who was investigating the president for his connections to Russian involvement in the president’s election.”

President Trump didn’t take the call sitting down, calling out all responsible parties.

It’s SABOTAGE,” said President Trump in a White House press release to MHProNews.
The fake news media is working hand-in-hand with Washington’s corrupt bureaucracy to try to slow and block our America First Agenda.”

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President Trump with a graduate at the U.S. Coast Guard Commencement. Credit: Daily Mail.

The special interests know they can only win when you, the American people, lose,” Trump continued. “But we’re fighting to break the special interest stranglehold around our country that has silenced our citizens, stripped our nation of its wealth, and bled America dry.”

 

Progress in Spite of Protest

While President Trump continues to make progress, including the lowest unemployment rate in decades, and the highest consumer, business confidence, and homebuilder confidence numbers in years, along with over $300 billion in deals with Saudi Arabia, what ELS Chairman Sam Zell colorfully called a “cacophony” of Deep State resistance has moved into high gear.

Talking heads and news organizations around the world have predicted President Trump’s demise from the time he was nominated, and have continued to do so. Meanwhile, the President remains fixated on delivering campaign promises, including economic opportunities that are designed to spur job creation. The weekend trip to Saudi Arabia is expected to directly create 125,000 jobs in the U.S.

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The President and  Saudi leaders meet. Credit: The White House.

With the recent news of the special counsel, much of the Trump risk has already been priced into markets, so the downside potential is probably limited,” said Brad McMillan, chief investment officer at Commonwealth Financial Network during a recent CNBC segment.

Overall, if the President can get through the trip without major problems, and even more if he can log some wins, that will probably push the market higher.”

 

Weaponized News? 

Underscoring the ongoing battle against President Trump is a new study from Harvard University’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, which looks at the news coverage of the President over his first 100 days in office.

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The study is based on an analysis of news reports in the print editions of The New York TimesThe Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post, the main newscasts of CBS, CNN, Fox News, and NBC, and three European news outlets – the Financial Times and BBC, and Germany’s ARD.

Some of the findings in the study show the power of media and the creation of echo chambers.

President Trump dominated media coverage in the outlets and programs that were studied, with President Trump being the topic of 41 percent of all news stories. This is three times the amount of coverage received by previous presidents. He was also the featured speaker in nearly two-thirds of his coverage.

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And with that coverage, the President has received it almost non-stop for most weeks of his presidency, without a single major topic where the coverage, on balance, was more positive than negative, setting a new standard for unfavorable press coverage of a president.

In Europe, the study found that reporters stood out in their own way. When compared with American journalists, they were more likely to question directly President Trump’s fitness for office.

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European journalists were significantly less restrained (with the exception of BBC journalists, who are governed by impartiality rules that prohibit such reporting,) while journalists at ARD, Germany’s main public broadcasting outlet, who are not governed by the same rules, made President Trump’s “suitability for the presidency” their leading topic in January and February, with the topic accounting for between 18 and 20 percent of their total coverage.

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The President and First Lady arrive in Saudi Arabia. Credit: The White House.

The study also covered the perception that journalists have a “liberal bias,” finding that their real bias is a preference for the negative.

The study showed that news reporting turned sour during the Vietnam and Watergate era and has stayed that way since, as journalists’ incentives – from getting their stories on the air to acquiring a reputation as a hard-hitting reporter – encouraged them to focus on what’s wrong with politicians rather than what’s right.

 

A Rising Tide…

The manufactured housing industry’s fortunes stand to rise with the economic effects from President Trump’s moves.

MHProNews and MHLivingNews Publisher L.A. “Tony” Kovach spoke on the matter during in his Inside the MH Road Show video interview with MHARR adviser and former association leader Danny Ghorbani, and current MHARR President and CEO Mark Weiss, JD.


Well, let me put it to you this way, if this industry was to create a person to put in the White House for betterment of our industry and consumer, they could not have come up with a better person than President Trump,” said Ghorbani.

If this industry, by the time he’s done 4 years, or hopefully 8 years, if this industry does not advance the way it should, the way it must in Washington, I hate to say this, the industry has dropped the ball.”

Manufactured housing is the private sector solution to affordable housing, without costing government subsidies. And we can supply that need,” said Weiss.

We just need to be unshackled from excessive regulations, in order to pursue our full potential.”

For more on President Trump, including a recap of his first 100 days, click here.

The full study from the Harvard University’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy is linked here. ##

 

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Outsourcing and the U.S. Economy: Can Trump Muscle Save the Day?

May 3rd, 2017 Comments off
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India based IT services firm Infosys announced yesterday that they plan to hire 10,000 U.S. workers over the next two years and open up four additional technology centers, beginning in Indiana.

According to Newsmax, the move comes at a time when Infosys, along with fellow Indian companies Tata Consultancy Services and Wipro, are on the radar of the Trump Administration for displacing U.S. workers by bringing in cheaper foreign workers as a part of the H1-B Visa program, paying them less.

The Trump Administration has ordered federal agencies to review the program.

When you think about it from a U.S. point of view, obviously creating more American jobs and opportunities is a good thing,” said Infosys Chief Executive Vishal Sikka, who said the company plans to hire U.S. workers in fields such as artificial intelligence.

Sikka also says that Infosys has already hired 2,000 U.S. workers as part of a previous effort started in 2014.

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We started small at first and have been growing since then,” said Sikka.

The reality is, bringing in local talent and mixing that with the best of global talent in the times we are living in and the times we’re entering is the right thing to do. It is independent of the regulations and the visas.”

 

How Outsourcing Jobs Affects the Economy

According to a report from The Balance, the main negative effect of outsourcing is it increases U.S. unemployment.

The 14 million outsourced jobs are almost double the 7.5 million unemployed Americans. If all those jobs returned, it would be enough to also hire the 5.7 million who are working part-time but would prefer full-time positions.

The report also says that imposing laws or terms to restrict job outsourcing could make U.S. firms less competitive.

According to a study from Pew Research, major changes are reshaping U.S. workplaces as the economy moves deeper into the “knowledge-focused age.”

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These changes are affecting the very nature of jobs by rewarding social, communications and analytical skills. They are prodding many workers to think about lifetime commitments to retraining and upgrading their skills.

The study cites that the number of workers in occupations requiring average to above-average education, training and experience increased from 49 million in 1980 to 83 million in 2015, or by 68 percent.

This was more than double the 31 percent increase over the same period in employment, from 50 million to 65 million, in jobs requiring below-average education, training and experience.

 

Hope for Lost Jobs? President Trump in Action 

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President Trump is known for his no-nonsense, get things done style. Coming into the White House, he had no plans to change it.

I will be the greatest jobs producer God ever created,” said President Trump just before his inauguration. “Believe me.

By all appearances, he’s on his way to delivering on that statement.

In the ADP March private payrolls report, companies added 263,000 jobs for the month, which was well above the 185,000 expected from economists surveyed by Reuters, and also bested the 245,000 reported for February.

Even with a slight move down in April, surveys still show that confidence in the economy is strong.

Job growth is off to a strong start in 2017,” said Mark Zandi, chief economist of Moody’s Analytics at the time.

The gains are broad-based but most notable in the goods producing side of the economy including construction, manufacturing and mining.“

That has resonated with the small business community as well, as the January, February, and March reports reflect anticipation of President Trump’s policies, including the highest Small Business Optimism Index in 37 years from the NFIB.

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We haven’t seen numbers like this in a long time,” said NFIB President and CEO Juanita Duggan in January.

Small business is ready for a breakout, and that can only mean very good things for the U.S. economy. Business owners are feeling better about taking risks and making investments.”

 

 

A View from the Industry

Even with the progress that’s been made, President Trump still faces an uphill battle.

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As well as the markets and new job creation are already responding to his initiatives, where could we be if there wasn’t a non-stop assault on our new president?” said MHProNews and MHLivingNews Publisher L.A. “Tony” Kovach.

In November, Tim Williams told MHProNews that, “I am deeply encouraged that less than 24 hours into President Trump’s term, he has frozen new, potentially burdensome regulations.”  For his full comments, click here.

MHARR CEO, Mark Weiss, JD, shared similar thoughts with MHProNews in a story, linked here.

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MHARR on Tariffs, DOE, and, Federalized Installation – Exclusive Report and Analysis

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The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) has released its latest Washington Update, an exclusive report and analysis that addresses key issues with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Covered in this MHARR report:

 

  • HUD Installation Power Grab Intensifies

 

  • MHARR To FHFA: Stop GSEs’ Discrimination Against MH and

 

  • U.S. Tariff Imposed on Canadian Lumber

 

MHARR has received numerous inquiries from industry members and other HUD program stakeholders regarding a rapidly-widening power grab by program administrators to effectively federalize installation regulation in all 50 states,” says MHARR in the report.

HUD, and some uninformed elements within the industry, excuse this gross over reach as a consequence of the structure and language of the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000.”

The report also provides insight on the Canadian lumber tariffs.

After threatening to impose trade duties on goods imported from China and Mexico during the presidential election campaign in 2016, the administration announced its first new tariff on imported goods in a statement issued by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross on April 24, 2017,” says MHARR in the report.

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While the imposition of the Canadian lumber tariff caps a period of serious economic uncertainty for the residential construction industry, increases in home prices driven by higher supply costs for basic raw materials, such as wood, will have a magnified impact on the highly-priced sensitive manufactured housing market.”

The full MHARR report and analysis is available for Daily Business News readers here. ##

 

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Is Time Finally up for the CFPB?

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Movement by the House Financial Services Committee, led by Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), could spell the end for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau as we know it.

According to ACA International, the committee debated the future of the Financial CHOICE Act during a hearing yesterday.

Originally introduced by Hensarling in 2016, the CHOICE Act included a proposal to replace the CFPB with a five-member bipartisan commission that would be subject to congressional oversight and appropriations.

The Financial CHOICE Act re-establishes this rogue agency as a civil enforcement agency, patterned after the Federal Trade Commission. One that is responsible for actually enforcing the enumerated consumer protection laws written by Congress, instead of making up its own law in an unfair, deceptive, and abusive manner,” said Hensarling.

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Jeb Hensarling. Credit: House.gov

True consumer protection is only to be had in competitive, transparent and innovative markets which are vigorously policed for fraud and deception. That’s what the Financial CHOICE Act is all about.”

Recently, Hensarling introduced a 593-page draft of the act, which included a number of revisions. One of them includes changing the name of the CFPB to the Consumer Law Enforcement Agency (CLEA), and a director would lead the agency along with a deputy director, who could be removed at will by the President.

The CLEA would also be required to receive funding through congressional appropriations for the agency.

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Under the new provisions, President Trump would have the authority to appoint an Inspector General for the organization no later than 60 days after the law takes effect. The inspector general would be required to testify at semi-annual hearings before the House Financial Services and Senate Banking Committees.

In the summary of the draft bill, the stated intention is to “create hope and opportunity for investors, consumers, and entrepreneurs by ending bailouts and ‘Too Big to Fail,’ holding Washington and Wall Street accountable, eliminating red tape to increase access to capital and credit, and repealing the provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act that make America less prosperous, less stable, and less free, and for other purposes.”

For critics of the CHOICE Act, and the dismantling of the CFPB, they see things differently.

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A number of law makers, including Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), argue that the act would remove consumer, business and investor financial protections and that the CFPB should not be dismantled and replaced with the CLEA.

Rep. Brad Sherman, (D-CA) says that bills included within the act should be voted on separately, with good reason.

These bills will pass this committee overwhelmingly if we consider them separately,” said Sherman.

As Daily Business News readers are aware, critics of the CFPB point to leadership structure, data collection and so-called “trophy wins” as issues that need to be addressed. A D.C. Circuit Court ruled that the CFPB was unconstitutional, in the case legal action brought by PHH.

The court ruled that the CFPB’s structure was constitutionally flawed and that its director should be removable at the will of the president.

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The CFPB is an unaccountable federal agency, as exemplified in the case PHH Corp., et al. v. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau,” said Norbert Michel, senior research fellow, Financial Regulations and Monetary Policy Institute for Economic Freedom and Opportunity at The Heritage Foundation.

The PHH incident is a clear-cut case of an unaccountable federal agency flouting the basic principles of the rule of law. Private firms—financial or otherwise—cannot safely operate in such an environment without the expectation of being wrongly persecuted by the government that is supposed to protect all of its citizens from such actions.”

Congress can do even better by consolidating the various consumer financial protection statutes under one existing federal agency, such as the [Federal Trade Commission.]”

Another Texas Republican cut straight to the point.

The CFPB is one of the most unacceptable and unaccountable agencies in the United States,” said Rep. Roger Williams. “This is what Dodd-Frank gave us and that is why it is so important to fix this disastrous law.”

According to Bloomberg, a markup for the legislation is reportedly scheduled for May 2.

 

The View From the MH Industry

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Still from an Inside MH video, reflecting how Richard Cordray himself said that there was never much high cost lending in the manufactured housing industry market.

While the CFPB had the support of the Obama Administration, the Trump Administration has had the organization in its crosshairs since the election.

Those in the industry have not been shy about their feelings on the matter.

The information on this case also has indirect ramifications for the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI), and others in the industry, as the Preserving Access bill is being floated, which would modify portions of Dodd-Frank.

For more on what the Preserving Access bill means for the industry, check out the latest article on The Masthead.

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Bark Worse than Bite? Manufactured Housing Institute Slams Trump Administration Lumber Tariffs

April 27th, 2017 Comments off
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Comments from Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross on CNBC yesterday regarding proposed anti-subsidy tariffs on Canadian goods raised quite a stir.

The tariff is not the beginning of a trade war with Canada,” said Ross.

It shows President Trump is making good on promises to hold Canada accountable for unfair practices such as those that have hurt American dairy farmers.”

And, for lack of a better term, one “shark” was swimming in the waters and shared his feelings on the matter.

By the time it’s over softwood lumber, automotive parts, milk would all need to be renegotiated,” said investor and star of the TV show Shark Tank, Kevin O’Leary, who is also running to lead Canada’s Conservative Party.

If all of a sudden we have to say let’s get rid of supply-side management in Canada, you have to do it in Vermont. You have to do it in Wisconsin. And by the way, the milk market in the United States is 10 times bigger. You will wipe out millions of farmers and the supply chain and all the people they work with.”

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland pointed out that the actions by the U.S. had not started a trade war, but instead mentioned that Washington D.C. needed to better understand the situation.

You need our lumber. You need our lumber to build your homes,” said Freeland.

Lumber prices are already very high in the United States. They’ve gone up about $3,000 per house this year, and for every $1,000 in increase of the price of a house, U.S. homebuilders estimate that means another 150,000 U.S. families can’t afford a home.”

 

MHI Weighs In – Who’s Manning the Train?

The Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) weighed in on the matter.

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MHI has long advocated that consumers need access to a stable, dependable and affordable lumber supply. Canadian imports of softwood lumber account for as much as one-third of the lumber used in the construction of manufactured homes,” said MHI in a release.

MHI is concerned that these tariffs on softwood lumber will have negative repercussions for consumers because of the increased cost of materials. According to the Department of Commerce, imports of softwood lumber from Canada in 2016 were valued at an estimated $5.66 billion.”

MHI has said in recent weeks that they have wanted to head off a potential tariff issue, and also announced that it has joined the American Alliance of Lumber Consumers (AALC), a coalition of business groups who support open trade in lumber and building materials.

AALC members include the National Association of Home Builders, the National Retail Federation, and the National Lumber & Building Material Dealers Association.

The American Alliance of Lumber Consumers believes that unilaterally imposing punitive tariffs is counterproductive and could create large and unpredictable swings in the cost and supply of lumber. We urge the U.S. and Canada to work quickly and cooperatively to achieve a long-term solution to resolve this ongoing trade conflict,” the organization said in a statement.

It is important to note that pro-Trump Administration industry sources are concerned that MHI’s staff don’t understand President Trump’s America First, American Jobs thinking.

Those same sources point out that about half of MHI team members, by design, are Democrats. MHI says that they want this mix, in order to give them “balanced access” to either party in Washington D.C.

One week before the U.S. Presidential election in November, MHI hosted two featured speakers at their meeting in Chicago, who were pro-Clinton.

This fact poses an interesting question: are the Democratic voices conducting the train on MHI’s handling of the tariff topic?

 

Another View of the Story – More Bark Than Bite?

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An analysis from Breitbart News digs deeper, and shows that there may be more bark than bite in President Trump’s move.

For one thing, lumber prices actually declined after the tariffs were announced. Lumber futures fell on Tuesday by the $10 exchange limit in Chicago, a 2.5 percent drop. The prices of Canadian lumber companies rose, some sharply. Shares of Canfor Corp were up by 8.09 percent on Tuesday and West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. rose by 2.37 percent,” said writer John Carney.

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As it turns out, the 20 percent tariff was smaller than what the market expected. The Trump administration has actually adopted a gentler policy on Canadian lumber than analysts and investors had forecast.”

Carney also points out that the lumber tariff is more accurately understood as a symbolic gesture by the Trump Administration, aimed at giving its “America First” stance additional face time. It’s intended target, says Carney, are trading partners in Europe, Japan and Mexico. The move sends a message without impeding larger trade flows.

The Trump administration also hoped the move would be welcomed by economic nationalists, first announcing the tariffs at a meeting with conservative journalists on Monday night,” writes Carney.

Many of Trump’s economic nationalist supporters have become increasingly concerned that the administration may be backing away from America First trade stance that was central to its electoral victory in November.” ##

 

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Trump Effect: Immigration, the Border Wall, and a $14 Billion Fix?

April 26th, 2017 Comments off
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As the Daily Business News covered recently, President Donald Trump’s first 100 days have been a whirlwind of movement, including doubling down on his promises for immigration and building the border wall.

At the heart of the conversation about building the wall is the cost, estimated to be $28 billion. While that price has raised blood pressure for some in Washington, Texas Senator Ted Cruz believes he has a solution.

According to the Washington Examiner, the Texas Republican wants the billions of dollars confiscated from an infamous Mexican drug lord to finance the construction of the border wall.

Fourteen billion dollars will go a long way toward building a wall that will keep Americans safe and hinder the illegal flow of drugs, weapons, and individuals across our southern border,” said Cruz, who unveiled the El Chapo Act yesterday, named after the drug kingpin who was extradited to the United States in January.

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The proposed bill would provide the $14 billion dollars that is subject to confiscation from El Chapo, in addition to money taken from drug kingpins arrested in future cases.

Having the money seized from Mexican drug cartels would mean that the bad Mexicans would end up paying for the wall, and the bad Mexicans have been terrorizing the good Mexicans with crime and kidnappings and murders within Mexico itself,” said Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner. (R-Wis.)

Saying that we’re going to have the Mexican drug cartels end up paying for the wall, that may very well be something that is powerful enough to get the institutional inertia in the Senate overcome.”

 

Ranchers See Results

Arizona ranchers John Ladd and Fred Davis say that since President Trump has taken office, they’ve seen results.

Appearing on Fox & Friends yesterday, Ladd said border crossings by illegal aliens have decreased 90% to 95% since Donald Trump took office, and also shared that he estimates that 500,000 illegals have crossed his property over the last 30 years.

All the communities that I know about, all the cities along the border, already have high fences,” said Davis.

Where the wall is necessary is in a lot of the outlying areas that still only have a four-wire barbed-wire fence between Mexico and us.”

The Washington Post has also reported that arrests of illegal immigrants jumped 32.6 percent from January 20th through mid-March from the same period one year ago.

 

MH Housing Moves Front and Center to Solve Problems

In addition to solving the challenge of illegal immigration, President Trump is also working to solve the challenges of job creation and affordable housing.

MHProNews and MHLivingNews Publisher L.A. “Tony” Kovach covered this recently in his Inside the MH Road Show video interview with MHARR adviser and former association leader Danny Ghorbani, and current MHARR President and CEO M. Mark Weiss, JD, below.

Well, let me put it to you this way, if this industry was to create a person to put in the White House for betterment of our industry and consumer, they could not have come up with a better person than President Trump,” said Ghorbani.

If this industry, by the time he’s done 4 years, or hopefully 8 years, if this industry does not advance the way it should, the way it must in Washington, I hate to say this, the industry has dropped the ball.”

Manufactured housing is the private sector solution to affordable housing, without costing government subsidies. And we can supply that need,” said Weiss.

We just need to be unshackled from excessive regulations, in order to pursue our full potential.”

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President Trump at 100 Days: Numbers, Polls

April 25th, 2017 Comments off
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As President Donald Trump reaches the magic 100-day mark in office, new polling and statistics show that many American’s believe he’s getting the job done.

According to Lifezette, approximately 73 percent of American voters approve of President Trump’s performance in fighting for American jobs in an ABC News/Washington Post poll released this past Sunday.

As noted, this poll finds no evidence of buyer’s remorse among Trump supporters,” the polling analysis read.

Among those who report having voted for him in November, 96 percent today say it was the right thing to do; a mere 2 percent regret it. And if a rerun of the election were held today, the poll indicates even the possibility of a Trump victory in the popular vote among 2016 voters.”

The poll surveyed over 1000 voters, with the goal of measuring President Trump’s performance during his first 100 days in office. The poll also showed that a significant majority of Americans believe the President is keeping the pressure on U.S. based companies to keep jobs in the country, and 53 percent see the President as a strong leader.

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In addition, data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) shows that over the first 100 days, the unemployment rate for 16-24 rear olds has decreased from 10.1 percent to 9.1 percent; the rate for 20-24 year olds has decreased from 8.3 percent to 7.3 percent, and the rate for 25-34 year olds has decreased from 4.9 percent to 4.5 percent.

Over 317,000 non-farm jobs have been created, and there have been surges in both the construction and manufacturing sectors.

Confidence is playing a large role,” said Mark Zandi, chief economist of Moody’s Analytics.

Businesses are anticipating a lot of good stuff – tax cuts, less regulation. They are hiring more aggressively.”

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A View from the Industry

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Even with the progress that’s been made, President Trump still faces an uphill battle. While there are certainly skeptics in the industry, MHProNews routinely hears from those who are happy and encouraged by the president’s efforts and actions.

This week, Todd Lamb of Lamb Investments told MHProNews,  “Pray for Donald Trump, the President is under constant attack.”

MHARR CEO, M. Mark Weiss, JD, shared similar thoughts with MHProNews in a story, linked here. MHARR’s top staff have praised the early Trump Administration efforts, as the video shown above demonstrates.

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As well as the markets and new job creation are already responding to his initiatives, where could we be if there wasn’t a non-stop assault on our new president?” said MHProNews  and MHLivingNews Publisher L.A. “Tony” Kovach.

Back in November, Tim Williams told MHProNews that, “I am deeply encouraged that less than 24 hours into President Trump’s term, he has frozen new, potentially burdensome regulations.”  For his full comments, click here.

For more on the progress of the Trump Administration, including proposed budget cuts to National Public Radio (NPR) and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), click here. ##

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