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‘Over Target’ Reactions, WHA Exec (ret) Ross Kinzler, Won’t Defend MHI Policies & Points to Prior MHI Failure

March 4th, 2018 No comments

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I have no comment on MHI’s legislative agenda.”
Ross Kinzler.

 

The [MHI] Urban Design Project didn’t have any lasting market effects.”
Ross Kinzler

 

Priceless, direct quotes.

 

Why Priceless?

They are significant observations – and de facto admissions – by someone ‘defending’ MHI, and their ‘new class’ of manufactured homes.

The rest that follows are details, context, and commentary.

Briefly consider the point Ross Kinzler made about a prior MHI project that he used as an analogy to the MHI-backed ‘new class of homes’ concept.

 

Kinzler raises the interesting comparison between MHI’s previous ‘Urban Design Project,’ which didn’t perform as planned, and the MHI proposed “new class of manufactured homes.”

It is Ross who said the Urban Design Project had no lasting market effect, a nice way of saying MHI didn’t move the needle.

Aren’t those polite phrases for failed?

Keep in mind that Kinzler has reportedly done some consulting for MHI.  Yet, Ross won’t defend MHI’s legislative agenda.

That speaks volumes.

The rest are useful details and commentary, but if a reader stopped right here, the take way is that MHI’s prior ‘similar’ project failed, and MHI’s legislative agenda won’t be defended even by those who have been or are paid by MHI, or whom MHI staff has called ‘affiliates.’

Kinzler, has reportedly done consulting for MHI, and yet he still won’t defend their legislative agenda?

Why not?

Aren’t those two directly quoted sentences by Kinzler at the top warnings for every independent community, retailer, producer, service provider, and lender?

 

CityScapes at the Mills of Carthage; Boston and other cities, are you Listening?

(MHLivingNews has spotlighted one of the HUD Code
manufactured home projects dubbed
the Urban Design Project that Ross Kinzler’s
comments referenced.)

 

To Be Fair and Accurate, There are Many Possibilities

There are several possible reasons why Kinzler, or others in the MHI camp, don’t want to defend MHI’s legislative agenda.  We are not casting any dispersions on Ross, Amy or any others.

People can make good faith errors, and good faith mistakes in reasoning.

That, by the way, is one of the reasons why public debate can be healthy!  If there is an honest fact or analysis error, let that be logically aired out in public.

Which begs the question, why then does MHI and their surrogates often duck such debate? When key questions are asked about MHI, Berkshire Hathaway, et al, why do they all go quiet?

But as the CSUN – California State University – says in a report on logical fallacies, one of the reasons to know and spot errors in reasoning, is that once an error is spotted, that error can be removed from the discussion.

Doing that saves time in the long run.  Such honest, intellectual analysis dates back over 2,000 years.

Why keep repeating some variation on a logical error?  We’re doing MHI members and non-members alike a favor by spotlighting what look to be logical, legal or other errors.

 

What Sparked the Flak

ICYMI, the email in the article linked below is part of what sparked all of this flak this past week.

Keith Anderson, CEO Champion Homes, MHI ‘New Class’ Monopoly Concerns Memo, ‘Harms Owners, Independents’

 

Nathan Smith on the MHI Agenda and Track Record

I credit former MHI Chairman Nathan Smith for admitting during the video below that MHI needed to admit the associations prior mistakes, and make an effort to learn to avoid them.  Smith’s admission was an important step. But have MHI’s leaders in fact learned from prior errors? Is there any consequence for MHI leaders from failures?  In the private sector, a mistake costs jobs or money or both.  What happens when MHI errors?  Where are the consequences?

 

 

One possible reason why Kinzler won’t comment is MHI’s legislative agenda and history is simple.  The MHI track record and agenda are not an easy to logically defend or explain.

MHI’s Rick Robinson, an attorney trained in debate and objective analysis, won’t defend MHI’s position either, nor will he or anyone else at MHI do so.

Why not?

Ross_Kinzler_credit_Community_Connections_posted_on_MHProNewsSo Kinzler’s in plenty of company when it comes to not defending MHI’s agenda or track record.

Another reason, as this writer replied to Kinzler is that the logic, history, ethics, and theories behind the MHI agenda are dubious at best.  It’s a relevant point.  In fact, Kinzler was the one that pointed out the steep decline in manufactured housing production, and noted the harmful ripple effects throughout the industry.

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There are tons of negative impacts for low volumes of new MH sales. One is that there are fewer used homes on the market. Image credit: Ross Kinzler – Wisconsin Housing Alliance.

 

Perhaps that explains in part why after years and millions of dollars in efforts, MHI key agenda items have not passed. Positions like the arguably contradictory position on the DOE Rule led to a flip flop that MHI leaders don’t want to admit.  Their flip flop on Clinton/Trump, their flip-flop on Pam Danner/HUD, etc. all can reasonably be seen as falling into that category.

 

But once more, in fairness, there are other possibilities. What we know is that Kinzler won’t defend MHI’s agenda, and neither will MHI publicly defend their agenda; why not?

Those who seek the truth on any subject want solid answers to reasonable questions. Curious minds want to know…

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The “Straw Man” argument is one of the common fallacies that are used – intentionally or inadvertently – that can misrepresent the facts. The chart above shows some of the more common logical errors, but another not shown, that is used when George Allen enters a discussion is the red herring.’ Allen also likes ad hominem attacks. By intent or by mistake, the fallacies in reason lead people to wrong conclusions.

 

Kinzler Defended Bliss, A Deeper Look

Kinzler indicated he was defended his colleague Amy Bliss. But Amy was not attacked.  Ross ‘defended’ Bliss by what’s known as “straw man” arguments. He said things neither MHProNews, nor this writer have said.

Perhaps Kinzler misread?

Then, Ross ducked the same questions and opportunities to discuss by phone to clarify possible misunderstandings that was offered to Bliss, why?

Keep in mind, I personally like and respect Amy and Ross — so this isn’t personal, from our side of the fence, this is a purely professional disagreement.

Think of it as a clinical doctor’s analysis — what do the tests and the facts reveal?

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Wittingly nor not, George Allen often falls into red herring and ad hominem tactics. When those are used intentionally, they are designed to distract or belittle, without actually answering the questions under debate or discussion.  For someone trained in debate, their use signals the weakness of the argument of those who use such methods

 

George Allen, a Bit Different?

Neither Kinzler nor Bliss accepted the offer to discuss items by phone, to clarify understanding. While written words are useful, they can be misunderstood. The combination of written and spoken words can thus become one way to avoid misunderstandings.

Allen’s situation is perhaps different.

He made an interesting revelation, saying he has quit MHI.  He’s not alone.

State Associations, Companies Quit Membership in Manufactured Housing Institute, (MHI), One Explains in Writing, ‘Why?’

Then, Allen says he hasno dog in the hunt,’  but begins blasting away furiously with attacks on the person (= ad hominem fallacy) or red herring tactics.  Those have been an Allen-isms traits for some years.

But what’s revealing is the fury of the defenders of MHI, without actually addressing the specific points made or concerns raised.

Why weren’t specific questions, being directly answered?

 

Don’t Bother Me With Evidence or Third Party Report’s…?

There’s an old saying, ‘don’t bother me with facts, my mind is made up.’

  • Rick Robinson
  • Richard ‘Dick’ Jennison,
  • Lesli Gooch,
  • Amy Bliss,
  • Ross Kinzler,
  • George Allen and others have ducked out on dealing with specific concerns raised by voices inside the industry and those outside of the industry.

For Allen, that’s perhaps particularly problematic, because he claims the mantle of defending independent communities.  Is he failing them, by not digging into the realities? Why is he now denying concerns on similar issues he himself has previously raised?  Has Allen flip-flopped? Doesn’t he see the contradictions in his reasoning?

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Personal Example Makes a Professional Point Useful to Manufactured Housing

My friends, family, and relationships include people of many faiths and backgrounds. Among them are various kinds of Christians, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, and non-believers. My parents raised us, thank God, with lived examples of how you treated all people with respect, and dignity.

People of good will can have disagreements.

So the response? It ought to be to examine issues, and if someone is mistaken – to show them their error.

But that isn’t done by name calling.  Even when we strongly disagree with Mr. Buffet, Berkshire Hathaway or MHI, we aren’t name calling or mud-slinging. Rather, we provide evidence, quotes and voice concerns in a professional manner.  Let them reply, if they can.  If they can’t perhaps that answers why they began ducking out on engagement, discussion or debate over a year ago.

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

Bliss can speak about conspiracy theories, but when many have provided evidence, how can you call it a conspiracy theory any more?

Wisconsin Housing Alliance – an MHI ‘Affiliate’ – Amy Bliss’ Messages Raise New Anti-Trust Issue

Honest discussion is not accomplished by twisting the other person’s words, or by using false evidence, or misleading arguments.  In fact, manufactured housing advocate, the Rev. Donald Tye Jr. has raised several important points, which will be useful in upcoming articles.

“F-Bombs” Fly – Cursing Manufactured Housing and Tornadoes – Engaging Public, Experts, Officials, and Media

Soheyla had an article this week were we showed some of the vile name calling people post or send on the tornado and manufactured housing topic. It is linked above. The typical response made by this writer begins doesn’t start by cursing them back in return.

Let’s close with a very personal analogy, and I asked permission before sharing this.

My younger brother Tom Kovach holds very different views on a wide range of issues, and leads a life quite different than my own.

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While I consider myself a centrist and independent, my brother Tom is pretty far left in many items of Democratic politics. But Tom can be reasoned with, and he and I don’t typically take offense when we disagree in a policy, moral, religious, or other issue. The point is that people can disagree, respectfully.

That said, we are brothers. We love and respect each other. Yes, at times we’ve exchanged thoughts in ways that hurt the other’s feelings, but we get over it, forgive as is needed, and move on.

I don’t have to agree with him, nor he with me, to have a rich intellectual discussion on a topic we disagree about. We don’t call each other some vile name.

tim-williams-CEO-President-21st-mortgage-corporation-daily-business-news-manufactured-housing-mhpronews-21st President and CEO, and prior MHI Chairman Tim Williams said in our exclusive interview with him a number of very important ideas. One of my favorites is Tim’s fraternity example. It’s terrific.

A fraternity is at the root a brotherhood.

Brothers – kinfolk, family – ought to be able to disagree with respect.

 

MHProNews has focused on facts, concerns, documents, behaviors, trends – which is a kind of history – and evidence. Where does the logic of a position or case take someone?

I strive to hold no personal animus toward anyone in the industry, including those who have demonstrably wronged others or us, or have generally been unjust.  Telling someone to ‘go to hell,’ or worse solves nothing.

If MHProNews is wrong on an interpretation, then that should be thoughtfully refuted, right? George or anyone, where is the need for rude name calling, or manipulative debaters tricks?

If my bride and I were the only two on the planet who believed these concerns, there might be a better cause for others to say ‘conspiracy theory,’ as Bliss said.   If we were the only ones to say, there is a risk from monopolistic behaviors, then mischaracterization by Ross, Bliss, or as Allen did  – 9BTW, I’m well aware of Allen’s nice side, and we respect and value his service to our country0 – could make more sense.

I like Amy and Ross on a personal level. But liking someone doesn’t mean you have to agree.

If MHI, Tim Williams – who can be very charming and likable too – Warren Buffett  – ditto – or anyone else wants to debate the issues, let’s do so publicly, where the industry can tune in, and we should do so with mutual respect.

No cheap shots or debaters dodges, like those in the chart above, are needed.

My sincere belief is that the evidence shows that MHI is being used as a tool by the largest companies in manufactured housing. They are being used to advance an agenda that benefits those larger corporate players, and often hurts millions of home owners and millions of potential home buyers too.

I explained in a recent post how my view about MHI evolved.

 

What Tim Williams, Dick Jennison, Rick Robinson, Lesli Gooch, et al, Taught Me About the Manufactured Housing Institute

If we at MHProNews know about or suspected a problem, and failed to report it, you could say, shame on me.

If we report concerns, and readers opt to ignore or think differently, that’s a reader’s absolute right as a free person.

But to ignore the growing body of evidence from sources inside the industry and outside the industry, is to do so at one’s own peril.

Now You Will Hear — the Rest of the Story

To paraphrase Jim Ayotte, all of us can only act upon the insights we have available at the time. We then do our best, based upon those insights.

BeatSwordsIntoPlowsharesIs2-4-MastheadblogMHProNewsWe believe the states have done far better on the whole than MHI has. Others in the industry say so too.

We believe that MHI has demonstrably made blunders for years.  Rather than admit them now, as then MHI Chairman Nathan Smith did a few years ago, they and their surrogates are demonstrably using tricks and tactics to duck, dodge, distract, detract, diminish, or defame.

That’s wrong, in my view.

If they were right, they have attorneys who are trained in debate, who could make us look foolish in public, with straight up debate.  No tactics. I have no such advantage, no such formal training in debate.  I think the last formal debate I was in, was high school or maybe even junior high.

So why doesn’t MHI bring out their Ph.D. and attorneys and debate?  Or why doesn’t Clayton Homes, et al, do the same?

Let them try to honestly refute the concerns of voices across the political divide about monopolistic tactics.  Again, see the link above from the recent report by The Nation that cites monopolistic tactics and names Clayton Homes.

Let them explain ethically why they kept others who do publishing as members, and not MHProNews (and our related operations)? No one ever accused me of disrupting an MHI meeting, nor of breaking an MHI rule, did they? All I ever did was ask questions, and offer different views if that seemed wise.  Aren’t they violating what their 990 filings claim? Don’t they want feedback from their members?  Or do they only want yes men and women, who fall in line, as the industry continues to get consolidated by a few?

Why would MHI single us out, ‘marked [us] for elimination’ as sources at or with MHI have said?

These folks are arguably hiding not one thing, but many things.

Those who ignore the evidence do so at their own peril.  On these issues, my conscience is clear.

Beating Swords Into Plowshares

And He [God] shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.” (Isaiah 2:4, Bible Hub)

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The above quote is inspired and well intented. But it misses the key words that proceed the same verse: And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.

Dig through the various reports, and ask, if they could refute any of it, why don’t they do so? ##  (News, analysis, and commentary. Note 1: this post will be updated with downloads of statements emailed by Amy Bliss, Ross Kinzler and George Allen, among others. Note 2: where issues have not yet been litigated or determined by legal authorities, the word ‘allege’ should be construed as needed in the above as part of our analysis and statement.)

 

(Third party images and information are provided under fair use guidelines.)

L. A. “Tony” Kovach is an award winning manufactured housing industry veteran, and is the managing member of LifeStyle Factory Homes, LLC – the parent company to MHLivingNews.com, MHProNews.com and professional service provider to the factory-built housing industry.

Connect on LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/latonykovach

What Tim Williams, Dick Jennison, Rick Robinson, Lesli Gooch, et al, Taught Me About the Manufactured Housing Institute

February 11th, 2018 No comments

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Hindsight is twenty-twenty. Warren Buffett doesn’t need to convince me or gain my agreement with him on that point.  On that and the value of history, Mr. Buffett and this Masthead writer would agree.

Buffett and we agree too on the value of research, reading, asking, listening, probing, and understanding.

For the record, people can disagree professionally, without disparagement.

We’ve said not one word against Clayton Homes’ products, nor against the vast majority of their people, nor against most of those in MHI’s membership, etc. In fact, professionals from those operations and 21st are among our sources. That should be obvious from the kinds of insights, quotes, etc. that we’ve produced over the last year or so.

We agree with the Urban Institute’s stated principle that evidence and the facts should guide research.

There must be good reasons why leaders at Clayton Homes, 21st, and MHI won’t engage us in a public, video-recorded discussion or debate forum. One of the reasons why they won’t do so was suggested in yesterday’s blockbuster Daily Business News report on the Urban Institute, linked below.

 

Was the Urban Institute Misled, Duped, or Part of a Manufactured Housing Industry Scam?

But another point to consider in why they won’t publicly discuss our concerns and allegations is this. Logically, if they were correct and we were honestly mistaken, they could prove it, right? Or logically, even if they know they were wrong, they could attempt to spin the truth, etc. But how do they argue against so many of their own facts, documents, track record, and their on-the-record statements, and quotes?  Isn’t that a compelling reason for them to duck, dodge, distract, and delay, instead of engaging?

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Kevin Clayton Interview-Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, Clayton Homes CEO

 

What They Said, Did, and Didn’t Do That Taught Me About the Realities of the Manufactured Housing Institute

Give MHI credit.  Their mixers are pleasurable.  You’re at some nice resort.  The networking has value.  All of that ‘social glue’ is arguably part of their way to keep people distracted from the sad reality that as a lobbying organization, MHI has failed to advance an agenda that helps the majority of the professionals in the industry.

We’re far from alone in believing that to be true.  State associations have now quit MHI for exactly that reason.

Maybe you have to be an ex-smoker to learn how to passionately oppose cigarettes. FYI, that’s an analogy, I’m not a smoker. Or with the same proceeding disclaimer, maybe one must be or know a former drug addict to realize just how horrible addictions can be.  As an ex-multiyear, MHI member, I’ve learned the hard, painful, and expensive lessons.

Media Should Re-Visit Dodd-Frank Reporting in Light of Congressional Testimony

 

One need not look too far back on MHProNews and MHLivingNews to realize that we supported MHI on several, but not all, issues.

Renters’ Nation: The Dark Side of Dodd-Frank and Its Impact on Affordable Housing

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While still an MHI elected board member, MHProNews created this graphic. It summarized key admissions by Cordray. Why did MHI never use it?

How Did We Come to Be Members of MHI?

Years ago, MHI members convinced me that if our organization – MHProNews/MHLivingNews/consulting, et al – wanted to be a force for positive change in the manufactured home industry, we simply had to become members of MHI.  Those voices – however well-meaning they may have been – where they in hindsight mistaken?  Or perhaps unwittingly, did those voices lead us into an unsought, unexpected, and undesired – dark grace?

A current MHI member company president told me at Louisville that what MHI has been doing for years ‘has made no sense.’ He reminded me that ‘Tony, you [MHProNews] are challenging people’s paradigms.’ He said what we know: some don’t get it. But others, like him, do get it.

Others are in between.

If that company president had a choice, I’m not sure he would be an MHI member. Why do I say that? Because he thanked me for all that we are doing to spotlight what is actually going on in our industry. As in the case of many companies, he too reports to others…

That MHI member is not alone, others have personally told me similarly.  Clearly, there are MHI cheer leaders too.

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MHProNews and our sister operations spent thousands upon thousands of dollars supporting MHI efforts on Preserving Access. It was a waste – save this. It forced us to look deeper into what was really going on at MHI. The photo is a still from a video, and on that video, Jennison promised – promised dozens in that room that Preserving Access would be passed. It failed. In hindsight, given POTUS Barack Obama’s promise to veto the bill, what where they thinking?  Or was it there as a show of effort, while the industry consolidated in the hands of fewer and fewer big ccompanies?

 

With that backdrop, the truth is I had several industry voices telling me – literally from the day they met Dick Jennison – that they didn’t trust the man.  I freely admit to arguing against their view, Jennison seemed like a fine gent to me. But they in time were proven right. I was mistaken.  You may have heard the old saying, “Fool me once, shame on you.  Fool me twice, shame on me.”  It was Jennison himself over time – by word, deed, and omission – that proved their points.

A different, high profile, MHI member president told me recently that he wished Jennison had never been hired.

But as noted, for some time – I liked Dick, mostly up to the point that:

Ø  women then working in the MHI office made a point of contacting and asking me to help them with a ‘hostile workplace’ issue, and they pointed specifically at Dick.

Ø  and up to the point when on camera, he began to argue for slow growth.

I was stunned at both of those bullets.

I think Tim Williams/21st would not deny in a court of law that I was stunned by Jennison’s on-camera statement, because I took it up with him personally not long after that occurred.  What association president worth their salt – working in an industry where most were then struggling for sales – would argue for slow growth?  Perhaps the most logical way to understand it, was covered in yesterday’s Daily Business News special report.

 

Nathan Smith

I liked Nathan Smith too, he’s an easy to like guy. To this day, Nathan is likeable! But how did it square with his electric personna of his that he didn’t lift a finger to even inquire about the allegations of those women in the MHI office, complaining about Dick Jennison?

In the #metoo era, in hindsight, doesn’t that looks bad?

Sexual Harassment-Not Just Hollywood, Media, Politicos-Manufactured Housing Workplace Claims, High Profile MH Cases Too?

 

Tim Williams, President & CEO of 21st Mortgage, Prior MHI Chairman

Tim Williams and I had several fine conversations over the course of many years. I quite liked the gent. I recall Jim Clayton telling me how smart Williams is.  I to this day, I would honestly agree. Tim Williams/21st is a very smart man. Judging from the kind words he gave MHProNews to publish, he liked us too.

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But how did it square with Buffett’s claimed support for integrity, that Williams defended Jennison and Gooch, who had sent out a message to MHI members that was pure spin, deceptive half-truths, and not the full truth?  Why did he defend Jennison, when he arguably should have been removed his MHI president?

Or why would you reward Jennison with a raise and bonuses – a national association CEO – who year after year, failed to accomplish what the assocation said was their goal? Once more, perhaps the best way to understand that decision or those bonus/raise is covered in yesterday’s MHProNews special report.

 

Rick Robinson, SVP and General Counsel for MHI

Rick Robinson is a nice guy too. Rick is witty, clever, and a fine writer. But he was also apparently happy to look the other way when questionable things were happening at MHI.  Perhaps you can chalk it up to doing his job as an attorney for his client?

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The topic was HUD, and Rick Robinson would not take questions from MHProNews, at the very time that the HUD issue was raging in MH industry circles. As a state executive told MHProNews, if they liked their position, why not get as much publicity as they possibly could?

 

These are just a sampling. These and other examples that could be cited took this writer from someone who was pro-MHI, to now, ‘you’ve got to be kidding me’ vantage point about that same organization.

 

Tim Williams in San Antonio

I didn’t need extra sources to tell me that Tim Williams stated in a room with a few dozen MHI members in it, the following. That neither Williams/21st, nor Vanderbilt (VMF), turned over data that the GSEs wanted to make DTS happen in a more robust fashion. Having sources is arguably often better than relying on yourself. But I heard Tim say as much with my own ears, and I was watching the then MHI chair saying it when he was only a few yards away from where I sat in the same meeting room.

It was a stunning set of statements.

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

 

HUD and MHI

There came a point in time when I no longer needed sources to tell me that MHI was shadow boxing.  MHI was posturing that they wanted to modify HUD’s over-regulation. As noted above, having other sources – which we do – is often better.

That said, I personally asked numerous top-level MHI people face-to-face in San Antonio a variation on the following question. Where they going to support the removal of Pam Danner from her role at HUD?

Not one person in leadership would answer that face-to-face question!

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Think about it. Lesli Gooch has been exactly as successful on getting the Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act passed into law as she was at getting elected to Congress…. think about it, because it isn’t a put down. Those are the sad facts.

 

Lesli Gooch, MHI SVP

Lesli Gooch’s otherwise fine letter last summer about Regulatory Reform – re: those executive Presidential orders – missed what is arguably the key point. Gooch never mentioned removing Pam Danner at all.  That statement of her’s is now public record.

How is that possible?  These are intelligent people. I’ve never called them unintelligent.

So, they surely knew that logically, the head of HUD’s MH department had a lot of power, for good or ill. Not removing Danner could make everything else they claimed to be trying, useless.

That’s how shadow boxing works, isn’t it?  All show, no go?

When the most award-winning independent retailer in MHI history told us on-the-record that he supported Danner’s re-assignment – and Doug Gorman considers Danner a personal friend – how could MHI turn a blind eye to that, and so many others who raised concerns with MHI about Danner?

Cowards?

It was after returning from San Antonio that MHI sent me an unsigned letter, with no names on it, saying I’d been removed for membership because it came to our attention that I was trade media. ‘We have no such category for membership.’  What? Don’t they claim to represent ‘all aspects of factory-built housing?’  Doesn’t MHI have (and had) members who publish, not just us?  Hypocrisy?

It was pure farce.  A cowardly fiction.

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Because my last MHI meeting badge – which we’ve kept as evidence – clearly reflected that we are both media and provide other industry services.

 

What These Talented People Taught Me

Talent can be used, or misused.

Rephrasing the above.  It was their own behavior, time after time, plus ongoing feedback from MHI members — including voices within the Clayton-21st circles – that began to compel me to rethink MHI.

Add to that MHI staff action, inaction, and years of failure that forced me one-step-at-a-time to realize what they in fact are doing to this great industry.

They don’t actually fight regulations, do they?  How could they claim otherwise, when in the DOE rule they are on the record as having advocated for them?

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

They don’t fight the CFPB, when their own Government Relations Vice President said that it Would Not get past then President Barack Obama’s veto – if it ever made it that far.  It never made it that far.

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

It was prominent MHI member Frank Rolfe who told me that his congressman told him that it was a waste of time to try and pass the Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act.  Ouch.

 

 

We editorially disagree with Ishbel Dickens on rent control, and a number of other industry and communities’ issues.

MHCs and Rent Control – Cure or Cause for Affordable Housing Crisis?

Candidates, citizens talk rent control, manufactured home community issues at ice cream social

But Dickens told me she offered MHI a compromise – to modify the MLO Rule that harmed everyone – if MHI/21st/VMF would drop their desire for the higher points and fees stance. Others in MHI later confirmed what Dickens said. Her email, is below.

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No open minded, thinking professional can ignore so many things, without putting a head in the sand.

Remember, these are just a few examples, there is far, far more.

In my own defense, I was never MHI’s yes man. Tim Williams said as much. I thought them wrong on the DOE Rule, and we editorialized on that point. I thought them wrong on the MHI stance on the fire sprinkler issue, etc.  We supported what we could, and asked politely about what seemed to make no sense.

MHI’s 990 claims they want member input, but apparently they don’t mean it?

 

Some Members Have No Choice…

I get it that many MHI members have no choice.  They tell me that they are compelled by fear, and other forces to be MHI members.

As a long-time MHI guy warned me, “Tony, these guys have long knives.”

I heard that, we understand.  But nothing changes until it is challenged.  Besides, frankly, the more public the challenge, the safer you are likely to be, IMHO. Look at Andy Gallagher. He may have committed, in the eyes of some at MHI, a faux pas. But because it was public, Gallagher is still safe in his job.

Andy Gallagher, “Ousting” Pam Danner, MHI, Clayton’s RVP, WVHI – “Transparency”

But Gallagher and Ayotte made just the point that we did, only differently. Pam Danner must go.  They were waiting for some magic green light to say what MHARR, Bob Crawford, Doug Gorman, MHProNews, and numerous others had said for some time.

After months of MHARR, MHProNews, some states and businesses pushing for the change, now Danner – thankfully! – is gone from the job over the HUD Code manufactured housing program administrator’s role that she had held.

But Danner is not gone because of MHI!  Rather, Danner was removed in spite of months of foot dragging by MHI.

Shake Up at HUD Manufactured Housing Program May Stop Industry Overregulation, per MH State Association

Isn’t that what the record reflects?

Are they going to seriously point to their silly resolution in Congress, rather than the obvious ask of directly calling for the removal of Danner – plus add those same concerns, as examples of why Danner needed to go?

Why has MHI so routinely been the last one to take the correct stance?  Even their former chairman admitted that the assocation had made numerous past mistakes.  MHI failure to get it right is why one of the states – see link above or below – dropped out of MHI, and they explained their reason for withdrawing.

It’s a sad, but necessary indictment of the truth about their record. Years of failure for the majority of MHI members, but those years of failure pays off for those big companies looking to consolidate the industry’s smaller companies at bargain basement prices.

That’s why the letter from AZ is so important. One of their points was along those very lines.  They pointed to success by the RV industry battling regulations that MHI failed to accomplish.

State Associations, Companies Quit Membership in Manufactured Housing Institute, (MHI), One Explains in Writing, ‘Why?’

Great point, isn’t it?

 

The End of the MHI Charade?

The

Ø  MHI charade,

Ø  or con job,

Ø  or whatever allegation or terminology one might want to use to describe it,

is not over.

 

But the MHI mask is falling off for many.

No doubt, some big companies benefit from MHI.  That’s why the organization still exists.  The big boys are happy with it.

Pragmatically, we know some who feel that they must stay, because they have no choice. But doesn’t that arguably make MHI more of a protection racket, than a normal trade association?

Extortion? RICO? Allegedly Illegal, and Dirty Side of Manufactured Housing, Exposed

 

But every single small-to-mid-sized member is arguably feeding the hand that bites their own.

MHI is firmly in the Buffett-Clayton outlined moat that uses non-profits and foundations as part of their moat-building process.  Invest the time to hear Kevin Clayton say so in the video linked here, in his own words.

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

“Perverse”–Warren Buffett-Dodd-Frank, CFPB, Manufactured Housing, Loans, Independent Businesses Fact Check$

 

The MHI Berkshire Hathaway Challenge

In fairness, MHI only does what their masters allow them to do.

Let them publicly debate in Tunica, on a video recorded discussion they and we can video too.

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Let them have a panel of their experts – whomever they want! We’ll bring a panel of industry pros, and our experts too.

Let their panel try to prove our panel wrong, on any of the claims or concerns voice here or elsewhere on this pro-industry trade media site.

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Do you think they have the guts to do that? If they were in the correct, why wouldn’t they?

 

The MHI Mask

Their act of trying to mitigate regulations, when they routinely fail in that – that’s getting harder and harder for them to say with a straight face.  Their clever MHI mask is falling off, slowly but steadily. Their track record is sad, isn’t it?

We editorially applaud MHAZ and their colleagues in Nevada who had the wisdom and the guts to quit MHI.  Let me assure you, that wasn’t an easy choice for them to make.  I don’t have to ask that, its understood for anyone who understands the tragedy that has been taking place in this industry.

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As the Trump Administration slowly gains more control at HUD and elsewhere, expect MHI to lose credibility as a result.  That doesn’t mean they won’t have short term connections that still periodically pay off in D.C., for what Buffett called their Moat.

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

Circling back to the opening headline.

Tim Williams. MHI President and CEO, Richard “Dick” Jennison. Rick Robinson, MHI Senior VP and General Counsel, SVP Lesli Gooch, and others – one-step-at-a-time – helped me to see what’s really going on.

There’s far more.

But let me draw towards wrapping up this analysis and commentary, with the following.

Like Frank Rolfe, it didn’t on its face make sense to me why MHI would so often not defend the industry from media missteps, nor celebrate good news when it came from someone besides themselves.

Weather Expert’s Surprising, Bombshell Statement on Tornado Deaths and Affordable Manufactured Homes

For years, as an MHI member, we promoted the good news of manufactured housing, in the most robust way in the industry’s history, on MHLivingNews.

Why didn’t MHI support those efforts?

We were members for years, why didn’t they routinely draw attention to the good news about manufactured housing we were promoting?

Even now, when we are clearly in different camps, why wouldn’t they call attention to important pro-industry news, like the two examples posted above?

Paraphrasing Rolfe’s parallel point, it made no sense…

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*** …unless one realizes that MHI for many years has worked with Clayton, 21st etc. to keep industry sales low. *** Why? Arguably, by keeping sales low, that allowed Warren Buffet Moat to consolidate more of the manufactured housing – into the Berkshire/Clayton/21st et al “Moat.”

It’s shrewd.

It’s long term.

It’s exactly in keeping with Mr. Buffett’s and Kevin Clayton’s own words.

We were never alone in being betrayed by MHI. That’s other stories, for another time. Because numerous others have been betrayed too.  I’ve listened to the stories of some, and they are often heartbreaking.

I can picture the faces of some who had that stunned ‘deer in the headlights’ look, as they described their professional plights and tragedies to me.

At the time that some told me, some of that I didn’t understand in its full significance. Now, in 20-20 hindsight, I do.

Later, as the truth slowly dawned upon us here at MHProNews, after all those voices and examples and more added up, it became clear that harming independent professionals by the thousands didn’t matter to these people.

Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) Gives Written Responses – “Part of a Rigged, Corrupt System”

That in turn hurt millions of Americans, who may – if MHI had defended the industry every time the media or some researcher gets it wrong – have been living in a manufactured home happily for years.

Defining a Problem without Offering a Solution is Just Whining. So, What’s Next?

In no particular order of importance, the following should occur.

Given all that we now know, it is my sincere hope that for the sake of the industry, MHI be disbanded, as a hopelessly tarnished brand.  That won’t happen overnight. They were given many chances to change course and reform.  They declined that every time. So, given all of the above facts, evidence, concerns, failures, and allegations — how could that mess in Arlington, VA seriously be reformed?

It is my belief that MHI’s being disbanded may happen to them,

Ø  through legal actions, started by aggrieved members, and perhaps non-members too,

Ø  as part of anti-trust efforts, that they will likely be caught up in,

Ø  unless MHI disbands themselves, voluntarily, before-hand.

As we noted in yesterday’s report, people are innocent until proven guilty.  But an attorney we asked told us they see anti-trust action as a real possibility.  As we’ve done throughout, we must call all of these matters allegations, because that is what the suits tell us we should say.

But you as readers have the ability to discern fact from fiction, with common sense, and by looking at the facts.  Skimming these facts will never lead you to the correct conclusion. That’s Buffett’s biggest edge, he reads!  He invests the time!  Only for those who make a serious study, a half a day, a day, could do it.  Start with the videos and links, above and below.

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Seek first understanding. Don’t skim. Don’t jump to conclusions.

I don’t believe MHI can survive the string of alleged abuses long-term. So, the industry needs to prepare another option for the post production sector. Thankfully, for producers, there is already the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR).

Study Recommending New Manufactured Housing Association for Independent Retailers, Communities, Lenders, Others Released

But all others need their own voice too, as MHARR has long advocated.

Others, like the AZ community owners’ association, are hunting for their own representation in D.C.

These are de facto votes of no-confidence in MHI.  Whatever modest role we may have played in exposing the MHI charade, we’re happy to have done, within the norms of remaining pro-manufactured housing industry.

Because we don’t believe the industry can achieve its great potential, until Berkshire Hathaway’s brands and their allies are at least put into check, and MHI is supplanted.

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If any of the above is wrong, please. MHI, Clayton, 21st – show me where, and I’ll modify this post.

If any of this is wrong, then let Clayton-21st-MHI gather a panel, and let us gather a panel  We’ll debate it publicly in a third-party moderated forum, and video the entire discussion, so that the entire industry can see it. There is not a day go by that we don’t pray for them, pray for the honest liberation of this great manufactured home industry, and pray for you too.

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What more needs to be said today?

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Facts Matter – Mr. Obama’s “Alternative Universe,” Trump Admin, Investors & Politicized Manufactured Housing Data

January 26th, 2018 No comments

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Former President Barack Obama recently said something relevant to the nation.  But it was particularly and profoundly insightful to manufactured housing professionals.

According to the Hill,Former President Obama said in an interview that Fox News viewers and NPR listeners are living on different planets in terms of what news they consume.

“If you watch Fox News, you are living on a different planet than you are if you, you know, listen to NPR,” Obama told David Letterman…The former president was referring to how the Russians were able to “exploit” different kinds of U.S. voters, who were “operating in completely different universes.

No matter what you thought of his politics and policies, Mr.’s Obama’s point is salient and timely for Manufactured Housing professionals, Investors, and Advocates.

“Alternative Facts,” “Different Universes” in Manufactured Housing

There have always been those who’ve distorted reality.

But in the 1980s, perhaps one reason Democrats and Republicans could reach more compromises is because there was arguably less of a tendency to completely ignore facts, or one would get called out for it.

You are entitled to your opinion,” quipped Daniel Patrick Moynihan per Goodreads,But you are not entitled to your own facts.”

There are today professionals in and outside of our manufactured home industry that rail against reality.

Many think they know a fact. Or they trust a source, without realizing that the source has changed.

Depending on the source or context, they could be mistaken, because “facts” have been so politicized.

We will use the Manufactured Housing Institute to make our point.

In MHI’s 1.25.2018 “Housing Alert,” one finds the following phrase, quoting:

As the only trade association officially registered to lobby on behalf of the manufactured housing industry in Washington, MHI will continue to work with the Administration’s key housing leaders and Congress…”

For those in the know, the first part of that sentence are code-words aimed against the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR). So, we asked MHARR to provide their take on MHI’s claim.  Here’s the meat of what they sent to MHProNews, quoting:

MHARR has been registered as an MH lobbying organization since 1985… The filing receipt for MHARR is attached.  This is all public record.”

A screen capture of MHARR’s filing receipt is below.

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Facts matter. MHI’s claim that they are the only registered lobbying group in Washington is simply not accurate.

Huh? MHI is making a bold claim. They’ve made that same allegation repeatedly. It’s wrong.

Not true.

Many work at MHI, did someone fail to check before they repeatedly wrote their flawed phrase?  It was most recently used above, but used the day before as shown in the graphic below.  Who gets credit for their glitch?

Or did MHI simply make an assertion, because no one would likely check it out, to see if it was accurate or not?

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It that part of a pattern?  Let’s look…

Does MHI Politicize Facts?

We Provide, You Decide.” © The graphic below is from MHI. It’s about a piece of information that the industry’s members ought to care about. How many manufactured home communities (MHCs) are there?

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The red box reads “37,624 land-lease communities.” But Frank Rolfe says they’ve done a hand count, at 44,000. George Allen claims there are even more than that. Why did MHI publish the lowest number? Is it because MHVillage is a favored company?

MHI has three members who are all publishing on this topic. The statistics being used by MHI are those of their member MHVillage/DataComp; let’s call them the MHI favored insiders on this topic.

Frank Rolfe, Dave Reynolds, George Allen, Manufactured Home Community Controversy Continues

MHI member Frank Rolfe is not without influence, and George Allen is another member who likewise has a following.

  • Why is MHVillage data being used by MHI, when it is the lowest of the three competing sources?
  • Why MHVillage’s data, when Rolfe asserts in writing that they did a hand count that took them 2 years to complete, that shows 44k communities – thousands more communities than MHVillage does?
  • Doesn’t the lower MHC count harm the MH industry’s relative importance?
  • Is it a case of MHI politicized facts, based upon favoritism and agendas?

As a source at RV Horizon’s – one of Frank Rolfe’s operations – told MHProNews, lenders and investors want hard accurate data. They want to know.

Of course, the facts matter to investors.  They should matter to policy makers and everyone else too.

MHI has for some time published inaccurate information about the kind of financing and terms that are available for manufactured housing loans.  MHLivingNews did a report on that, linked below.  Award-winning Bob Crawford was asked to share his insights, which he gracefully did.

I’ve not recheck recently, but late in 2017, when we last looked – weeks after we brought the errors to MHI’s attention, weeks after the report above – the same MHI “fact sheet” was not updated on their website.  MHI still had the same errors. Why?  Was it because the facts they published were more useful to Berkshire Hathaway companies, such as Clayton Homes, Vanderbilt and 21st Mortgage?

MHI has a demonstrable pattern of what could be termed politicizing MH Industry information.

It’s done in a way that apparently favors some companies over others.

If one heeds what Warren Buffett has said – see his quotes in the column below – the chairman of Berkshire Hathaway counts on the fact that people don’t change habits easily, and that history is often ignored.

“Perverse”–Warren Buffett-Dodd-Frank, CFPB, Manufactured Housing, Loans, Independent Businesses Fact Check$

To rephrase, Mr. Buffett counts on others being superficial.  Meanwhile Mr. Buffett and his team are laser focused on facts, and how facts can be used to their advantage.

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See first understanding. Don’t skim. Don’t jump to conclusions.

MHI also arguably have a pattern of telling most of their members and the industry-at-large one thing – via their emailed ‘updates’ and ‘alerts’ – but failing to mention key points, that are often highly important.

We know from various sources that MHI, Knoxville and others in their group closely follow what we publish.  We’ve seen emails that have been forwarded by MHI surrogates and allies.  We’ve contacted MHI and their executive committee directly numerous times.

They can’t legitimately claim not to know the above and what’s below.

They know.

Yet they fail to make changes, even after confronted with the facts.

Why?

Could it be that the longer the foot is on the MH industry’s break pedal, that more of the MH industry gets consolidated, at bargain basement prices?

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

Why does this Matter to the MH Industry, Investors, or Public Officials?

Because MHI often buries their oversights, one would have to know what to look for – in some cases – to see the problem.

The Daily Business News will have a new report planned for today that relates to a follow up on the HUD’s announced top-down review.  In our inital report yesterday we cited Lesli Gooch’s otherwise fine letter to HUD.  But we also underscored her key oversight.  Gooch didn’t call for Danner’s removal.  Why not?  Arguably, with the wrong person at the helm, every other change you could propose would be moot. Others – including MHI’s most award-winning retailer – that we cited in the report linked below came to that same conclusion.  Danner had to go.  Why didn’t MHI get that reality years ago?

They knew.

MHI seems to have a pattern of posturing something, but omitting one or more key facts or points.  Currently, with respect to Pam Danner and HUD, they are failing to mention that for months, MHI would not take a public position on her role at HUD.  Why not?

We believe the answer is that heavy regulations harms independent producers, retailers and communities – among others. That in turn is useful to larger MHI member companies. Those independents, often wearied and financially stressed after years of fighting regulations, may finally sell out for less, or just go out of business.

Another example of MHI publishing misleading or errant ‘facts’ are linked below.

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MHI and their executive committee masters are arguably using government regulations as an indirect tool to consolidate the manufactured home industry.

If MHI postures opposing heavy regulation, but in fact fail to move the needle, they can ‘look good’ to members who are so busy, they may not realize what’s missing.  That’s how MHI are accomplishing the mission that their big corporate masters have in mind.

Perhaps that’s why MHI’s executive committee was happy to reward MHI CEO Richard “Dick” Jennison and others with a bonus and/or raise?  Even after MHI staff have demonstrably failed to accomplish any of their own major stated policy goals in years?

Busted! “Failure Bonus” Paid-Richard “Dick” Jennison, CEO Manufactured Housing Institute-per MHI Document$

Facts matter.

Reality matters.  Patterns of behavior matter.  We are pro-MH Industry, and have been so years before we began publishing.

This writer was praised by many of those same MHI connected people, right up to the point that we figured out what the devil was going on at MHI.

We figured it out over time, thanks in large part thanks to:

  • voices from within MHI,
  • from some within Berkshire Hathaway firms,
  • as well as other MHI member operations.
  • MHARR played a roll in that process too, because they’ve been consistent and clear on lobbying and policy positions that MHI flip-flopped on.

There are reasons why a pair of state associations quietly dropped out of MHI. Ditto some member companies. There are reasons why others would if they could, but MHI carrots and sticks exist. To see how those carrots-and-sticks work, behind the scenes to the majority of the industry, see the report linked below.

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http://www.mhpronews.com/blogs/daily-business-news/how-gold-rules-tim-williams-21st-mortgage-mhi-vp-state-execs-conference-call/

There are reasons why MHI won’t debate in public, or won’t take our questions any more.

Keep in mind, MHI and their leadership used to respond rapidly and gladly to MHProNews.

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But when we pressed them last February on the HUD regulatory overreach issue and Pam Danner’s role there, they rapidly ejected us from membership on a phony excuse.  That excuse?  Claiming they had discovered we are a news organization, and they had no such membership category. 

What? MHI did that via an unsigned letter, bearing nobody’s name. It’s bogus, because others in the industry also publish and have consulting, just as we do. Those others are still in, but we are not?  Pardon MHI’s obvious hypocrisy?

They didn’t want us in their meeting rooms.  Isn’t that the more obvious reason?  They didn’t want us to report – for example – on how Tim Williams/21st subverted the DTS process.

MHI then intensified their campaign against us, just as they have been campaigning against MHARR.  Is it a coincidence that MHARR members are getting bought out by larger MHI member companies?  Or that MHI’s messages – like the ones shown above – try to discredit MHARR.

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For those who watch the details, even though MHARR is a manufacturers association, aren’t they routinely more reliable than MHI?

Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) Gives Written Responses – “Part of a Rigged, Corrupt System”

We’ll say it again.  The MHI system is apparently rigged and corrupt, as we said in our last Masthead post, linked above.

It may or may not be exactly what Marty Lavin or Frank Rolfe had in mind, but both have made points about MHI’s hypocrisy, and failures.

We are not alone, there are MHI board members among those who whisper and complain to us.

MHI members are among those who thank us for having the courage to stand up to the Berkshire Hathaway dominated MHI.

The Other Side of the Coin

That said, there are those who don’t like this kind of column or reporting.

A reader recently wrote saying we are trying to make Clayton Homes look bad.  I can’t think of a single comment we’ve made against their products. We don’t slam Clayton’s homes, or the thousands of good people who work for them.

A large portion of our readers work for a Berkshire Hathaway (BH) owned MH company. We have/do work with numerous client companies who use Clayton products, or lending from 21st,etc.

We stick with the facts – and once they are understood – where those facts take us.  That’s what media is supposed to do.  MHI, Clayton, or whomever is welcome to submit a rebuttal. We’ve invited it. Why don’t they?

Because one of the largest factors holding the industry back from robust growth has been a pattern of failure and misleading information that comes out of MHI.

We’ll draw to a close with former President Barack Obama’s quote, cited above.  He’s correct, but not quite how he meant it.

President Donald J. Trump routinely gets a raw deal from many in the mainstream media.  There are millions today who are de facto propagandized.  If the media had treated POTUS Obama as they are POTUS Trump, their would have been howls of racism, or some other slurs.

In one year of President Trump’s leadership, the economy has demonstrably improved, using policies that have been proven good by President John F. Kennedy (D) and President Ronald Reagan (R).  We supported the Trump campaign, based upon his platform and his track record of business savvy.  We opposed Secretary Hillary Clinton based upon her platform, and her track record.

The fact that people can become so habitualized and trusting – in this example, with MHI – explains in part how Warren Buffett can openly support Hillary Clinton, who vowed to protect Dodd-Frank as is.

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The truth about MHI is in several ways hiding in plain sight. But the MHProNews exclusively obtained documents from Tim Williams speaks volumes. But only to those with an open mind to reality, vs. fantasy. 

Meanwhile Buffett’s MHI member and prior chair, Tim Williams can claim to be fighting to reform Dodd-Frank. In hindsight, its an obvious contradiction.

I understand why some have a hard time accepting this. Why?  Because frankly, it was hard for me to accept it too.  From early on, there were voices in and with MHI warning me about Jennison, BH, and later others.  I heard them, but wasn’t immediately convinced.

I want to apologize for the time it took us to realize just how corrupted MHI has become during the Jennison era. This isn’t personal, its professional.

Simple Summary

This can be simple. Is Jennison – and are MHI’s so-called leadership – good or bad for the industry? Do they benefit someone beyond the big companies, or favored firms like Clayton’s client, NextStep?

If they had nothing to hide, why are they so afraid of debating the issues in public via video, as we’ve been inviting them to do for about a year?

Facts matter.  Reality is what it is.

People are entitled to their own opinions, but they are not entitled to their own facts.

We had to be sure about MHI et al.  Thus, we’ve followed each case of misinformation from MHI as they arose, and we reported them accordingly. Collectively those cases, concerns and allegations add up.   The Kevin Clayton video interview laces it all together in his own words.  The video is nearly an hour long, and posted near the end of the report, linked below.

Kevin Clayton Interview-Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, Clayton Homes CEO

Then MHI Chairman, Nathan Smith laughed about consolidation on camera.

Dick Jennison somberly explained to the industry, why it should grow slowly. Duh?

It’s the truth hiding in plain sight.

Sure – from the vantage point of the big boys – let the MH Industry get consolidated.  No wonder Jennison and others got an apparent raise and bonus. No wonder they duck debate with one of the few voices that have a platform big enough to matter to them.

Busted! “Failure Bonus” Paid-Richard “Dick” Jennison, CEO Manufactured Housing Institute-per MHI Document$

The future of the industry is potentially bright.

But it has been held back by either MHI incompetence, arrogance, or behavior whose outcome was big companies gobbling up little ones at a reduced price. To those who arguably got swindled, it was tragic!

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As independent business people ourselves – who have felt the betrayals of MHI et all, and have listened to the stories we’ve heard from others in the industry who were likewise betrayed – we would not be silent, once the pattern became clear.

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If MHI is telling the truth, if their track record is so strong, then why do they duck debate or honest discussion in public, via video, so all of the industry can see?

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“Self-Evident Truths,” America, Investments, and Manufactured Housing

January 7th, 2018 No comments

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Think about the following realities.

History is so important, that scores of ideologically bent individuals are willing to twist history, in order to influence you, and your fellow citizens.

As an analogy, if a corporation filed deliberately false data with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), upon conviction, that crime can bring prison, and monetary penalties. 

Why don’t more draw a parallel to lying about publicly traded business facts – which are a kind of history – to lying about social, economic, spiritual, and political history? 

Millions today are influenced by propaganda, twisted facts.

Millions are born or led into various beliefs that rely on twisted history.

History is the dramatic, inspiring, and true story of the struggle for freedom. 

That struggle for freedom isn’t just from a foreign power.

Freedom is often a struggle against forces within one’s own country. Or within one’s own profession.

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Pick almost any issue you’d like, which is highly polarized, like guns (or Manufactured Housing). With 20,000 gun laws on the books, some of the worst violence is found in cities with the most gun control. On any issue, including those that impact our industry – “Do unto others, what you’d want others to do unto you” is far more reasonable, isn’t it? Photo credits WSJ, Bing.

Education – The Road Less Traveled for Taking Back Your Industry, and the America Dream

Step back in time to what Christmas reminded us of, the birth of the Jewish baby, Jesus ‘the Christ.’

Jesus’ words and deeds were so potent, that His followers eventually upended the powerful Roman Empire, and changed the entire course of human history.

Previously, the course of history routinely tended toward slavery. Jewish history reflects that struggle.

So it’s fitting that the Jewish Jesus bent that trend-line away from slavery towards authentic human freedom. Properly understood, every vice or sin is a form of slavery, and every virtue is a form of freedom.

The freedom Jesus offered is all encompassing.

That freedom included spiritual, social, and property rights, which also means economic rights

Rights are interwoven. Truth is all-encompassing. Truth includes business, science, all forms of reason, learning, and faith.

America’s founders – for whatever flaws they had, and we all share their weaknesses too – understood that reality.

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Auguste Rodin’s “The Thinker,” foreground.

The founders knew the lesson of history that morality, law, and justice had to be undergirded by the ethics born of faith.

Secular humanism, ‘political correctness,’ and socialism are not the same things.  But they have this in common. They deny or disparage certain truths.  Many truths are grounded in or are interwoven with a spiritual truth.

When someone has been brow beaten by a secularized society into silence or submission, that’s a warning sign.

When an eternal truth is silenced in favor of a false claim or tenant of secular humanism, political correctness,’ or socialism – it’s time to ask – what’s going on?

Jesus wasn’t politically correct. Jesus was merciful to sinners, but publicly rebuked those who led others into sin and error.

Jesus wasn’t a socialist. Jesus’ apostles and disciples allowed possessions to be freely given, but no one was forced to give anything (Acts 5:1-11).

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All are given equal rights by God. But equal rights aren’t an equality of gifts, nor equal outcomes.

America’s Declaration of Independence specifically cited God.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

Jefferson was influenced by John Locke, who wrote that governments are instituted to secure people’s rights to life, liberty, and property.’

The Declaration was idealistic on many levels, because governments are usually institutions of power over their own citizens.

America uniquely embraced a Constitutional concept of defining, and thus limiting, the power of government.

By limiting governmental power to specific areas, that protects citizens’ maximum freedom.

There’s always been tension between people, and governments. That tension is the mighty attempting to lord over the weak.

If someone takes your property, opportunities, or rights by force, deception, or threat, that’s a crime.

What several thinkers came to realize before and after America’s founding is that if governments wrongfully deprive people of rights and property, that’s immoral.

To restore our industry and America, one must first understand what made our society – not perfect, but better – than almost anything before it in history.

That restoration of the American Dream would never have occurred by following deceptive Hillary Clinton, and the power hungry who knowingly supported her.

Millions were manipulated into thinking Clinton was some heroic figure. Nonsense! Pure propaganda.

But we don’t fault the manipulated. Rather, we should all point the finger of accountability to those who knew how they manipulated millions of our fellow Americans.  None of the candidates was or ever will be perfect; but arguably Donald Trump was far more self-revealing, and he’s delivering on his campaign promises, one-step-at-a-time.

Our industry has been throttled by misinformation, and manipulated by governmental entities. 

Correcting the record on manufactured homes is an educational matter.

Education may appear at times to look like marketing, and might work something like – or better than – marketing.

Any educational effort must extend to what led to our profession’s currently low state of affairs. That’s a matter of understanding – and sharing – authentic history.

You, myself, and all those alive today share this in common. We’ve been correct on certain things, but wrong about others.

Wisdom and humility suggest that once an error has been discovered, that the falsehood be dispelled.

Faith, freedom, and education are interwoven. Do you want the land of opportunity to thrive, an live up to its potential? Then all truths – including historic, economic, spiritual, and political must be embraced. We must stand up for the legitimate rights of others, and in historic America – we can do so.  ‘He lives twice who benefits from both the past, and the present.’ ## (Historic reflections, news analysis, commentary.)

More links for references may be added, later, but this one is a good place to start.

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

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Terry Decio, Skyline Homes, “The Secret” – The Rest of the Story

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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 respectfully disagree with Mr. Buffett’s politics.

By L. A. “Tony” Kovach.

Kovach is the award-winning managing-member of LifeStyle Factory Homes, LLC,
parent to MHProNews, and MHLivingNews.com.
Both are #1 in their categories.

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Terry Decio, Skyline Homes, “The Secret” – The Rest of the Story

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I’m tired of being the best kept secret. I’m ready to help house America.” – Terry Decio, Skyline Homes, to MHProNews.

What happened?

The Rest of the Story, 1…

Several of the brands that the industry knows today are not the same brand as they were a decade or more ago.

Palm Harbor. Fleetwood. Champion. The prior versions all went into bankruptcy, and later were reborn under a different structure.

But they are far from alone.

Literally thousands of manufactured home operations, including, but not limited to:

  • Retailers (dealers),
  • Land lease Communities (a.k.a manufactured home communities, “parks”)
  • Producers (builders of federally regulated HUD Code manufactured homes, some build modular, park model, or other products too),
  • Lenders/Financial Services, and
  • a variety of other products, service, and component providers

have either gone out of business, or sold out to a larger/deeper pockets operation.

What happened?

 

Business Cycle, or…

Businesses start and fail every year. That happens for a range of reasons.

The question in manufactured housing ought to be this. Did numbers of the wave of thousands of failures/consolidations get an unethical/illegal shove to help them exit?

If so, how was that done?

 

The Rest of the Story, 2…

MHI’s SVP and General Counsel Rick Robinson publicly, and MHI in writing, have referred to our manufactured housing trade publications as news sources.

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Trade media, as with all of the mainstream press, can include News, Analysis, and Commentary. On this Masthead, publisher’s blog, you find all three.

Claims, controversies, and allegations ought to be tested by reason and known facts.

We don’t publish capriciously, knowing that an error could be embarrassing. Still, readers should question, us and those we publish about.

Ask questions. Seek the truth. Such issues impact your business and bottom line.

We’re not a court of law, but fully expect to be called to testify under oath to a variety of matters that impact the manufactured home industry.

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While courts won’t compel testimony about confidential, protected sources, they can ask about the reports themselves. The day is coming, we believe, when that takes place.

There will no doubt be lists.

Who did what?  Who supported, or opposed, what? Why?

Where laws broken?

Were steps taken that create legal exposure or liability:

  • for the national association (MHI),
  • its members,
  • or those who control it?

 

What Happened to Manufactured Housing?

While there are a range of factors, we believe in what’s obvious. What facts and common-sense reveal. There’s no need for a complex conspiracy theory.

Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway took over Clayton Homes, Oakwood Homes, related lending, retail, and later other production, service, supplier businesses too.

Mr. Buffett’s a self-proclaimed, long-term thinker, and he likes “moats.”  Just consider what Buffett said, in his own words, and line that up with what’s happened in manufactured housing.

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

 

“Perverse”–Warren Buffett-Dodd-Frank, CFPB, Manufactured Housing, Loans, Independent Businesses Fact Check$

The executive committee and dues structures of the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) make it clear that Berkshire Hathaway owned units exercise great influence at MHI. That control is widely known, in and out of our industry.  It’s just that few in manufactured housing (MH) dare say plainly and publicly that MHI is Berkshire Hathaway’s mouthpiece.

MHI, on issue after issue, has led the industry into dead ends, or avoidable, and even problematic places.

Who says?

  • Their former chairman, Nathan Smith, in a video that’s been hiding in plain sight. He voluntarily said that MHI had failed in the past at being pro-active.  The beginning and end of this video that follows are perhaps the key takeaways from 2:16 seconds.

 

  • Their former Government Relations Vice President (Later SVP), in an on-the-record statement he sent to MHProNews.

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

  • Their former president, before exiting, in a written statement that may be more interesting today then the day it was first published in the Journal.
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    While what Stinebert said is interesting, what may be more interesting is that he waited to exit MHI before he provided this list of concerns. Isn’t that a de facto admission that these issues – lending, image, education, etc. – are those that MHI failed to properly address? Click to download.

Then, there’s a range of comments by MHI members, researchers, attorneys, and others. Those statements, published on or off our sites, speak for themselves.

 

The Latest

MHProNews has learned from an informed source that MHI has executed non-disclosure agreements (NDA), allegedly with several MHI staffers.

What is MHI hiding?

Who are they hiding that information from?

MHI members?

MH Industry at large?

Public officials?

Are they trying to hide something that is scandal related, and/or something else?

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Keep in mind, that MHI refused to release to this publication even items that sources tell us they are legally obligated to do so.  Items like their current and previous bylaws.

Why hide that, someone might ask?

With their bylaws in hand, one might be able to understand revealing issues.  For example, have their been prohibited conflicts of interest – that may have harmed other MHI members, and/or the industry at large?

Millions have been spent and years wasted pursuing the Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act.

In hindsight, isn’t it obvious that it would never pass while Barack Obama was president? Didn’t MHI’s own VP said as much, years in advance? Again, see the link to MHI GR VP, Jason Boehlert, above.

We have documents from 21st Mortgage, signed by Tim Williams.  Mr. Williams was MHI’s chairman for years.

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

No one has claimed these 21st documents aren’t authentic.

In fact, we have dozens within Berkshire Hathaway owned units – including their top people – who we are reliably told have carefully reviewed those report, and the others in our periodic series of reports on MHI and Berkshire Hathaway.

We’ve given

  • MHI,
  • their executive committee,
  • and top people at Berkshire Hathaway owned brands the
  • chance to rebut, clarify, or refute our reports and analysis.  We’ve invited them to share statements on these issues that we’d publish.

Field Reports – Clayton to Continue Push for Industry Dominance

After years of MHI publishing or commenting with us, about a year ago, they largely stopped even answering questions.  Why?  Is it because their own words have so often pointed a finger against their own actions?

“Accurate, but Misleading” MHI Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act Alert – ‘Weaponized New$,’ Fact Check$

Don’t be surprised if they publicly push back in 2018.

At some point, don’t they have to, to keep their consolidations going?

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For the 400 word executive summary, click the above.

MHI et al have already pushed back privately to our allegations and reports, in a variety of ways that we have documented for the appropriate time.

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What Happened, Part Three

We rely on industry inputs and insights. So, we don’t write or do videos out of thin air. We’re followed by businesses and professionals across the size and political spectrums, in part because we’ve got the “street cred,” as one executive put it.

MHI has significant influence over state associations.

So, MHI “housing alerts” or “MHI News” they send to their own members are also arguably “weaponized” to reflect whatever the insider groups want, and reach well beyond their own membership.

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As an MHI connected source told us last year the following bombshell. The big companies have figured out how to get what they want, by using MHI – and the smaller companies are helping pay for what the big firms desire.

We’ve observed that previously, ‘Feeding the hand that bites yours,’ but to hear it as an admission from an insider, that’s telling.

There are two prime sources of in manufactured housing that have proven willing to push back publicly on MHI and their methods.

  • MHARR, and
  • LifeStyle Factory Homes, LLC (MHProNews.com/MHLivingNews.com) trade media.

MHARR vs. MHI on DOE Energy Rule, Pushback Pay$ Off?

MHARR and we are independent of one another.  That’s healthy and good.  We’ve at times taken editorial positions that were contrary to MHARR’s view.

Frankly, at times, we later discovered that MHARR was correct.

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There’s an affordable housing crisis that is raging, and growing.

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It has often tragic, real world, consequences.

NLIHC CEO Responds on HUD’s Worst Case Housing Needs Report, MH Leader Reacts

Homelessness in America, and Factory-Built Housing

Manufactured housing has enhanced preemption, under federal law.

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That enhanced preemption could allow manufactured home retailers to ease the affordable home crisis for potentially millions of Americans, without taxpayer dollars being needed.

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Yet, MHI has often failed to push HUD on a variety of issues.  MHI’s been forced to pivot on a range of issues.

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You can fool some of the people some of the time

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Warren Buffett said it in his own words.  Mr. Buffett doesn’t expect people to learn the lessons of history.  He expects to build his moat.

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He even publicly supported the candidates that gave the industry the very thing that Tim Williams, then MHI chairman, said they were working to undo.

Documented Conflict Between 21st Mortgage CEO Tim Williams, MHI Chair, and Warren Buffett, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway

What Happened?

Isn’t the truth hiding in plain sight?

Frank Rolfe is like the rest of humanity, right on some things, wrong on others.  One can safely bet that he’s 100 percent in favor of whatever he believes his and his partners interests to be.

Frank Rolfe Blasts MHI for Poor Media Engagement, Industry Reactions

Rolfe criticized several MHI initiatives and what he said where their failures to act.  Recently, Rolfe want silent.  Isn’t 21st Mortgage – owned by Berkshire Hathaway – one of the companies that advertise on his website.  Coincidence?

Frank Rolfe: Pressured into Silence? Manufactured Housing Industry, and Journalism

If every person we’ve accurately quoted suddenly changed their tune, one would have to ask the questions a journalist does, starting with, Why?  

There will be lists.

People will follow the money, and analyze it – within and outside of MH.

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MHProNews and others are and will be taking names, and organizations.

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With the Trump Administration signaling anti-trust (anti-monopoly) actions in the future, and with Democrats also pushing the anti-monopoly theme, will it be a surprise if hearings are held about manufactured housing?

President Raises the M-Word, “Monopoly,” Plus Manufactured Housing Industry Market Update$

Warren Buffett, per third parties, has a big concern once he passes; the break up of his empire.

Who Will Replace Warren Buffett at Berkshire Hathaway? Expert Insights, Video & Manufactured Home Industry Outlook

You’re one of the best things we have going [in manufactured housing.]” – Terry Decio, to MHProNews/MHLivingNews.

There are those who realize that we’ve worked for years to get the truth out about the glories of manufactured housing, which includes the realities that there are millions of happy home owners.

Manufactured Home Owners – Satisfaction Survey Redux

But those positive efforts have occurred while MHI has either sat on its hands – or arguably worse – tried to undermine the very pro-industry growth steps we’ve spotlighted?

Extortion? RICO? Allegedly Illegal, and Dirty Side of Manufactured Housing, Exposed

Some love the meetings, and the MHI comradery at MHI meetings.  I enjoy those social and networking things too, so I get it.  But to some, they can’t get passed the  fact that they like certain people, and they therefor can’t imagine someone with ill intent taking advantage of them.

 

To those, let me suggest the lesson of detective character, Sherlock Holmes, that may help make sense of how the apparent outrages alleged are possible.

Give us a logical,  alternative explanation.  Do it on-the-record, please. Let’s debate MHI effectiveness and their behaviors in recent years, on the record via video for all to see, please.

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Did BH use MHI – past and present – and the power or regulatory burdens throttle an industry that was poised for serious growth?

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

Didn’t MHI have the ability to end some of that burden by negotiation, and fail to take that option?  Why?

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How could Harvard have missed their projection for manufactured housing domination?

Are stressed, busy MH Professionals missing the truth hiding in plain sight of how MHI shifted since Berkshire Hathaway took control of their organization?

Appealing Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) Marketing, Finance Booklet Reviewed

Could that shift have been through a Buffett-style moat-plan?

Alan Amy isn’t alone in this observation stated in this focused video.

The day will come when the constraints on manufactured housing could be lifted.  When enhanced preemption will be enforced.  When that day comes, what will be left among the manufactured housing independents that existed a decade ago?

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Manufactured homes were predicted by a Harvard researcher to dominate by the end of the first decade of the 21st century. What happened? Accident? Or a moat like plan, hiding in plain sight, executed by MHI?

Did they get an unethical, liable, or illegal push?

The Decio family had Art featured on the cover of Time Magazine decades ago, what happened since then?

We Provide, You Decide.” ©

Keep in mind, while there are several sources for information, there are to my knowledge only – broadly speaking, two – which have been willing to seriously take on BH and MHI.

MHARR and ourselves.

Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) Finds Manufactured Home Industry Support for Reform bill

MHI took themselves out of the picture of routinely communicating with us, about a year ago, after an initial series of exposes and analysis we published on them.  Coincidence?

Why is it that state associations, or MHARR, are often more successful than MHI?

McCrory Lawsuit – “Significant Victory Against Zoning Discrimination” – Manufactured Homes

Associations are supposed to be a tool for businesses to work together to impact regulatory and other issues.

What would do you do when you discover that your national association has been working the interests of the majority of the industry’s independents?

Do you keep feeding the hand that bites yours?

In my days as a manufactured home retailer, we used to advertise on a station as the sponsor of famous Paul Harvey’s, “The Rest of the Story.”

You don’t know all of it, but do you have more than enough linked above to reveal the truth that is hiding in plain sight?

2018 will be a year to watch.

Expect some more revelations, that you may only find published here on MHProNews. ## (News in review, commentary, analysis).

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By L. A. “Tony” Kovach.

Kovach is the award-winning managing-member of LifeStyle Factory Homes, LLC,
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Kovach is one of the most endorsed and recommended MH industry professionals in all of manufactured housing.

Recent Praise from Clayton to MHProNews, with C3

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It’s not a joke, or a blast from the distant past.

We’ll share a nice message of praise from Clayton Homes for our pro-industry work.

Congratulations

We said thank you, of course, and pointed to those who make this work possible. We’ll likely release that kind Clayton statement, next week. It will depend on other news, so stay tuned.

Next…

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Why didn’t manufactured housing take off in the first decade of the 2000s, as Harvard and other researchers thought would happen?

The article linked below looks at that question, through the prism of the Warren Buffett’s “The Moat” Principle.

 

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

 

The report above is packed with direct quotes, industry comments, and is cross referenced.

From the outset of launching MHProNews, and later, MHLivingNews.com, we’ve always been about identifying what’s right or wrong, what does and doesn’t work.

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What’s Wrong is that We Don’t Ask What’s Right,“-  G.K. Chesterton. Image by MHProNews.com

As pro-industry publishers and service providers, we’ve always sought to identify an issue’s key, and then propose – and lead the way – on methods of dealing with a given problem.

With the Warren Buffett “the Moat” report above, we’re almost complete with our 2017 periodic series about the true state of the Manufactured Housing Industry.

Which reminds me of a real-life, blast-from-the-past.

One of the last articles that the respected Manufactured Home Merchandiser Magazine published from me before they closed-down listed the importance of Prayer among the secrets of success.

In their wisdom, the Merchandiser edited out my references to prayer.

For those who already know, no explanation is needed. For those who don’t know, or need to move beyond political correctness, let’s keep it simple.

The eternal, all perfect, all knowing, all powerful, all merciful Creator – God, requires nothing. Technically, the Almighty has no need for our prayers. 

Then why pray?

Prayer isn’t a group of magic words, like a spell. Nor is prayer like rubbing a magic lamp just so to get a wish granted.

Then why pray?

Because it can be transformative for those who pray, and thus for others too.  No wonder God recommends it.

On this third day of Christmas (C3), as we survey the great potential for our industry and nation, while contrasting it with the current climate in America let’s quickly compare the movie, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” to the movie, Network.

Both are powerful films, but both are quite different.

Sex has been very much in the news this year and last (isn’t it always?).

 

For example, in It’s a Wonderful Life, sex is there in the background. In Network, sex is in your face.

There’s drama, and humor, in both stories.

Faith is uplifted in Wonderful, but in Network?

 

 

The World is a Corporation” (Network, 1976). Note, that none of the false promises of the corporate world have come-to-pass.  This isn’t to say that business is bad, its to say that the God should inspire and transform every aspect of our life.  Yes, that includes our business or profession too.  I know numbers of MH Industry pros who believe the same.

In Wonderful, that power of prayer is shown to be transformational. In Network, you have Sybil the Soothsayer and a whole cast of new age characters, and their respective behaviors.

So God’s mentioned in both films, but in Wonderful, the Creator is shown in a wonderful way.  In Network, the new ‘god’ is money.  How’s that working out, 41 years after Network became a hit flick?

The sexual revolution of the 1960s lay almost evenly between Wonderful and Network. The sexual revolution’s impact on the film and American society are self-evident.

Sex is good or bad, depending on its context.  It’s sacred, or profaned, says the Creator, according to its right or wrong use.  So too with the other 10 Commandments.

The devil is as real as God, you, or myself are. I respect them, but I’m not a high Anglican, as the brilliant writer, C.S. Lewis was.  Lewis’ Screwtape letters, and some of his other writings, underscored how Satan operates. One of Lucifer’s tools is divide, and conquer.

Deceptive half-truths, spin, and outright lies.  These are not Godly, they are satanic.

The angel was given free will, abused it, fell from grace.  Then the demon takes what God made to be good – within a certain, specific context – and the devil gives what’s good, a twist.  The same pattern as lies, or work, or food, etc.  The devil takes what’s good, and twists it.

Since early in the history of humanity, the struggle over good and evil has played out on the stage of life.

All of history can be seen – with the eye of true faith – as a struggle between evil fighting the Good.

Satan can’t win – but ever the rebel, like his disciple Saul Alinksy and the book uplifting Lucifer in Rules for Radicals – that same, rebellious Lucifer/Satan who hates God and humanity – tries to drag as many people along behind him into Hell as possible.

 

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We have each been given free will.

We must be informed and forged by a combination of grace and the right use of our free will.

Secular humanism’s ‘Everything goes’ philosophy of life has been a documentable disaster. The sexual revolution is just another excess, which has led to millions of broken hearts. Along with any other excess of food, drink, work, etc. – it leads to death between people, relationships, trust, and so on.

Who says? Not me, it’s God who said it.  Ask Moses.  Or ask Jesus, whose birth we are celebrating.

And on this, the third day of Christmas – C3 – we call to mind why God became an infant in the first place. To redeem and lead a fallen humanity back to an eternal paradise.

IMHO, Jesus ought to be held up as the exemplar for all builders, including factory-builders.

If you’ve not seen, It’s a Wonderful Life in a while, set aside the time to watch it with family, friends or solo at the link below. It ought to be a theme for our industry’s and national rebirth.

 

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It’s how entertainment used to be done. It was uplifting, and inspirational.

In both Wonderful, and Network, there’s a monopolistic party of moneyed influence and power. A struggle of good and evil.  Each film has lessons for our time.

As 2017 draws to a close, and 2018 looms ahead, what will be needed for a professional, business, industry or national rebirth?  Core, fundamental, foundational principles and God’s own eternal values must be a the heart of it.

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

C3 – on the third day, Merry Christmas to all.  ## (Editorially commentary, all third party images credits are as shown, and are provided under fair use guidelines.)

 

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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.

By L. A. “Tony” Kovach.

Kovach is the award-winning managing-member of LifeStyle Factory Homes, LLC,
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Benefits from “Living Twice,” Plus the Source of All Truth

December 24th, 2017 No comments

He lives twice, who enjoys both the past, and the present.” – Marcus Aurelius.

It was a saying on one of those wooden blocks we’ve all seen in a hundred stores that sell such items. My mom gave it to me when I was still a kid, and the Lord only knows where it might be today. But it presents a powerful lesson, as do so many other pithy quotes.

In researching this column, I didn’t find that exact quote, so perhaps whoever made that quote/block years ago was paraphrasing.  But what follows came up among the searches under Marcus Aurelius’ quotable quotes.

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Remember that man lives only in the present, in this fleeting instant; all the rest of his life is either past and gone, or not yet revealed.” – Marcus Aurelius.

It may seem odd to be quoting Aurelius, on the eve of the birth of Jesus Christ.

MarcusAureliusFactsQuotesWikipediaManufacturedHousingIndustryDaliyBusinessNewsMHProNews568x1045Here’s why the quote – “He lives twice, who enjoys both the past, and the present.” – can be life changing for those who are able and willing to grasp it.

It’s a Fact

All human knowledge is obtained from experience. That experience is either your own, or that of someone else. Think about it. There are no exceptions.

This moment in time is fleeting, and we move toward the future that we don’t clearly know, or look to the past, which is far more knowable.

If you are in management, or have ever applied or taken an application or resume for a job, you know that a work and educational history are included.

That resume is a snapshot of the past from that person.  Many today look at someone’s social media posts – a window into the past – which provides clues as to what that person thinks like and believes; or at least, what they want social media readers to believe.

While this writer disagrees with Warren Buffett’s politics and some of his business practices, Mr. Buffett is 100 percent correct in stressing the value of the reading and studying the past as a reasonably reliable way to get a clear understanding of the future.

Everyone who buys a property or business wants some history on that, all these are examples of ‘living twice,’ – the wisdom and insight found in history.  History isn’t boring, its priceless.

Business, political, professional, science, and faith – all knowledge is a part of the whole.  We segment it, out of modern habits.  But all truth simply is.  History, His Story, its a key to unlocking the mystery that is Christmas.

The Birth of Jesus

People don’t doubt that Julius Caesar, or Cleopatra lived.  Why do some doubt the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth?  Jesus is far more attested to by both followers and skeptics than any other person in the ancient world.

The reason we celebrate Christmas is – as the name itself implies – because for centuries, people have celebrated Jesus.  The Christ boldly claimed to be both God and Man, come into the world to redeem us from the slavery of our sins.

Anyone reading this has one thing in common with this writer, we are all sinners. It’s not as popular to admit that today as it was 50 or 100 years ago.  But Aurelius is correct on this, that it’s not the shifting opinions of the masses that matter, it’s the truth that matters.  That truth is knowable. 

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

Soheyla’s Christmas column was far cooler than this one, and is rightly already drawing praise (thanks to all who have sent that in).  Her points on political correctness, of how messy life can be, how leadership, and faith are intertwined reflect a lady’s touch. ICYMI, it’s linked above.

We learn a step at a time.  We make mistakes, some of those are simple errors, others are sin – which is different than breaking a human law, which may or may not be grounded in true justice.

Just consider the moral decay of the last 50 years. When the “politically correct” ignore that decay, we personally and society suffer the consequences.  The fact that we have a drug epidemic is just one of numerous signs of how bad the moral decay has become.

There are not enough cops, courts and cells in the world to force a person to be good. We must want to be good. We must personally see the wisdom and value of doing and following what is true.  After decades of trying to sideline God, secular humanism, and trillions blown by big brother government, have proven they don’t work in the place of God.

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That sin exists is evident on any newscast. Be it sexual harassment (per news editors and producers, the top story of the year), corruption, crime, or any moral/legal shortcoming, sin and its effects surround us.

When we are honest, sin’s effects are also found within us.

When people live the Ten Commandments, or lived the Two Greatest Commandments that Jesus gave – Love God, Love Your Neighbor (everyone) – they commit no crime.

Secular humanism, socialism, “big brother government,” and “political correctness” have demonstrably failed.  What has always succeeded when tried is the blessings of living a life of faith. Those blessings extend to business. A big operation’s sales manager told me that he was oversimplifying, but he believed that most that he knew where either hooked on drinking, drugs, some other addiction – or they are hooked on God.

That’s what the Jewish infant Jesus the Christ came to bring all of humanity.  Freedom.

Who says?  History does.  We live twice – literally and figuratively – when we seek and strive day-by-day to live the historic truth Jesus taught by word and deed.

Words and their meaning are important, and ought to be carefully chosen.  The name “Israel” means “one who wrestles with God.”  We all wrestle with God.  We all struggle with what is right and wrong.

I’m not a Muslim, but I’ve studied the Quran (Koran, etc.) some, Mohammed, and their faith’s history. The truth is tucked away there in an interesting way. The Quran tells the story of Jesus, who as a baby, miraculously speaks.  (Quran: Surah 19:29-31 and 3:46).  The Quran honors Mary, Jesus’ mother, more than any other woman.  Interesting, isn’t it?

Mary in Islam

Mary (Arabic: مريم‎, translit. Maryam), the mother of Jesus (Isa), holds a singularly exalted place in Islam as the only woman named in the Qur’an, which refers to her seventy times and explicitly identifies her as the greatest of all women, stating, with reference to the angelic salutation during the annunciation, “O Mary, God has chosen you, and purified you; He has chosen you above all the women of creation,” says Wikipedia.

Christianity is sadly divided, but if you go back to the first Protestant, Martin Luther, he said very similar things about Mary as the Quran does.

“[Mary is the] highest woman and the noblest gem in Christianity after Christ… She is nobility, wisdom, and holiness personified. We can never honor her enough. Still honor and praise must be given to her in such a way as to injure neither Christ nor the Scriptures.” (source, ChurchPop). It’s interesting to note that Luther believed Mary, the mother of Jesus to be a perpetual virgin, which is the only thing that makes sense when the Greek text is carefully analyzed.  John Calvin said similar things.

The truth is knowable. But we must be willing to have our personal beliefs and biases challenged.

Today, we hope you’ll celebrate the historic truth of what Jesus came to earth to accomplish.  Our industry, our nation, needs His saving truth – and the grace that with understanding makes us able to live that truth, now, and eternity.


Every woman who conceives and bears a child was at some point in time, a virgin.

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The only logical meaning to the prophecy of Isaiah dovetails with what Luther, Mohamed, Calvin or millions before and since them believed about Mary. She was ever-virgin. That’s the miracle. That’s the sign that this Jesus is Emmanuel, “God is with us.”

Understanding sin, isn’t about condemnation. It’s about discerning why it’s wrong, starting anew and making amends.

God Himself doesn’t force belief on His creation. But the clues are all around us, for those with the eyes to see.

That’s living not once, not twice, but living three times.  Past, present, and the eternal future.

Our gift to God is the one that the Little Drummer Boy gave, playing our best for Him.

From our family to yours, Merry Christmas! ## (Christmas reflection.)

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