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Profits, Understanding Human Events, and Manufactured Housing

July 7th, 2018 No comments

 

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When in the course of human events...”

 

Day by day, people make life-changing decisions. Those choices can be for good or ill.

A fact without context may have little discernible meaning. To properly understand the present, or any moment in time, one must understand what occurred previously. 

In the famous George Orwell’s dark novel, 1984, control of information – including historical – was part of how “Big Brother” could pivot his alliances between otherwise ‘competing’ factions.

Orwell used fiction to brilliantly shed light on the human condition. 

 

Profitable History 

History could be profitably oversimplified to the following notion.  

History is a series of events describing how this or that ambitious person or group tries to dominate, manipulate or oppress others. That domination in turn creates a desire for freedom among those being manipulated, disadvantaged or controlled. 

When in the course of human events…” are the first words in the Declaration of Independence. The founders were educated men who knew history, business, philosophy, science, and religion. 

America’s founding founders were the opposite of socialists.  They were fighting against economic, political, and legal oppression. They did so for moral, and religious reasons.

 

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The report on this topic, along with others mentioned in the body of this article, are found under related resources, at the end of this column.

 

Not What It Seems

Because of competing interests, stories – narratives – are told that spin, twist or outright lie about some fact, person, history, or group.  

The brilliant G.K. Chesterton was spot on in saying, “What is wrong is that we don’t ask what is right.”

It was sheer genius when the venerable Fulton Sheen – with his keen insights into human nature – caused him to observe that people can be tempted to do what is right, just as we can be tempted into doing what’s wrong. 

It’s a stretch to say that a brighter future for America depends upon a wider acceptance of manufactured homes. But a broader understanding and embracing of manufactured homes would demonstrably yield more wealth for people of modest means, and all others too.  Is there evidence or proof for that claim?

Yes, and it’s been produced over the years by educated, third-party researchers. 

Greater personal net worth for the working and middle class would in turn make America as a whole a more prosperous, and freer people.  Wealth in all of its forms – properly understood – breeds more wealth.  Wealth isn’t a zero sum game, as some have been mislead into believing. 

We must not forget that manufactured homes – along with the mobile homes that were built before the federal manufactured housing standards began on June 15, 1976 – were a working-class option praised by American presidents. The subsidized housing system of the last 50 years is a demonstrable failure. It can never keep up with the demands, and never has. 

In contrast to subsidized housing, manufactured homes are uniquely positioned today to serve the needs of people on virtually all rungs of the economic ladder. 

But we must also embrace the reality that millionaires, the famous, and even some billionaires have owned a manufactured home they called their own home.  That fact often opens minds, and thus boosts manufactured housing’s acceptance, and appeal. 

Opening minds is at the heart of what must happen in America.  Opening minds must occur on every level of society, including that of the good news, which   includes how manufactured homes have and can support the American Dream. 

 

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The American Dream was never about mere shelter, or “housing.”  

Rentals or subsidized housing wasn’t what the rebels of 1776 fought, bled, and died for during their era.  The very notion would have been widely rejected then, and rightly so.

Today, we should in stages remove subsidized housing from the government’s practices and then, it’s lexicon of failed socialized efforts. 

Private ownership of housing is to be preferred as a public policy.  Who says? Harvard, and several other third-party researchers.  

So, the American rebels wanted to be secure in their persons, properties, papers, and possessions.  They wanted no taxation or regulation without just representation.  They wanted a republic, not a democracy, dictatorship or monarchy.  

When one reads the Declaration of Independence in the context of history, it’s a brilliant document. Ditto the U.S. Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.

 

Compromise…

The founders of the U.S. made complex compromises. A black or Native American might understandably feel a level of pain over some concepts in those documents. But we must be mindful, as dark-skinned immigrant Dinesh D’Souza reminds us, that whites were indentured servants too. Servitude isn’t only a racial issue. Oppression in all of its forms plays a sad part in all of human history.   

The quest for freedom is part of that puzzling mosaic of history, which is best understood as the struggle of some seeking domination over others. That domination takes many forms.  That thirst for domination in turn sparks the desire for freedom.  Often, as we all know from experience, we don’t realize some good thing that what we have, until we’re losing or have lost it. 

So it’s a poisonous fallacy to say that the U.S. Constitution was purely racist. Because blacks owned other blacks – sad, but true – and white’s made chattel of other whites for long periods of time. Conquest is color blind, and so is the thirst for freedom. Freedom is won or lost in degrees, and over time. 

Race hustlers should be denounced as manipulative, just as certain billionaires seek to rig the system for their own benefit and enrichment today. Socialists may be sincere, but they are misguided.  The socialist system is failing before our eyes in Venezuela, in just a decade. It failed in Cuba. The Chinese Communists, and the Soviet Russians abandoned socialism too. 

Why should Americans buy into propaganda that’s so blatantly false? 

Then why are some billionaires peddling dressed up variations of socialism to Americans today? 

Because socialism requires big government.  Big government means power over people.  That kind of power is a path to taking the wealth of others, by misusing government.  Government is a devious way to obtaining money that ought to be sought by honest work. Here’s another historic tip. The Nazi’s weren’t right wingers.  They were “National Socialists” = Nazi. There are so many lies and half-truths being spun today by the manipulators that it’s disgraceful. That’s why ignorance of history, economics, morality, or politics is dangerous.

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Celebrating Success

We celebrate honest success here, and are for the rights “endowed by our Creator” enshrined in the principles of Life, Liberty, and that Pursuit of Happiness;” which in the earlier draft of the Declaration read “Life, Liberty, and Property.”

Those who peddle:

  • Socialism,
  • Racial hatred of any kind,
  • Universal Basic Income,
  • Sexual divisions,
  • “Free” college,
  • “Free” health care,
  • Subsidized housing,
  • Higher taxes,
  • More regulations,

are arguably either ignorant, misguided, manipulative or some combination of those three.

People are never free who are entirely dependent upon others.  

The revolution of 1776 was controversial even in the 13 colonies.  Those colonies declared themselves to be a confederation of independent states. George Washington and the others had a price on their heads, and a bulls eye too.  Benedict Arnold wasn’t alone. America was divided, then and now.  Some fought for the British crown, just as some fight today for the monopolistic and socialistic. The reasons then and now are similar. Greed. Lust for power. The desire to control the lives of others.

Understanding the principles of human nature, and the principles of history are necessary for Americans to reclaim our national vision.  Affordable home ownership is part of that American Dream.

 

Homeownership  

A man’s home is his castle,” wasn’t mere sentimentality. The right to own property – including one’s home – and to be secure in one’s person, property (think home), papers, possessions, and beliefs were at the core of the 1776 revolt. Note that the 10 Commandments protected private property, and the truth. 

The American revolution was also about no taxation or regulation without just representation. It was about establishing laws that protected rights, even the rights of minorities against the potential of mob rule from manipulated majorities.

We’ve got a Republic, at least on paper, not a democracy.  

But a new revolt, which could be peaceful, is arguably needed today. That revolution – and a counter-revolution – are already underway.

That revolution of the American Dream begins with understanding realities vs. popularized fictions, lies or half-truths.  

Zoning” and other forms of land-use control are among those structures that are potentially as oppressive as what the founders rebelled against in 1776.  Note that 200 year span between the revolution, and the dawn of the manufactured housing era?

Manipulations of the American system in turn caused affordable housing shortages in places throughout the nation. Who says? A growing body of researchers, that have been cited for years here on MHProNews, or on MHLivingNews. Why don’t those folks in Arlington, VA routinely cite those same third-party sources?  Why do they turn instead to their own, weaponized data and claims?

 

$2 Trillion Annually

Problematic zoning and land use, say university-level researchers, costs America an estimated $2 trillion dollars a year in lost GDP.

$2 trillion dollars a year is roughly equal to $6,000 per every many woman and child. 

Rephrased, for a household of 4 people, it would be like adding some $24,000 per year in earnings.

That’s life changing for tens of millions, and would be far more effective than the phony higher minimum wage, public assistance programs, or other enslaving handouts that some socialistic-minded wags advocate.  Those truly need have always been cared for in America. We didn’t need big brother government to care for people in need.

When Americans are kept from understanding and embracing manufactured homes – per the logic and reasoning that flows from third-party researchers from places like Harvard – it’s costly to all Americans.

But ignorance and rejection of the truth about manufactured housing is especially costly to those whose only home ownership chance may be a manufactured home. 

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Wheat and Chaff 

There’s an absolute necessity to seek the truth, regardless of its source. That in turn requires a “wheat and chaff” approach that discerns what is real – from what is problematic. Often, common thoughts are nevertheless untrue. A great example is a manufactured home, which many misunderstand, because they believe the common prejudice, vs. the honest, demonstrable reality.  

We may disagree with this or that political party or organization on a range of issues.  But a group or person may still hold a position which is demonstrably wise, good, and true. Prosperity Now (formerly CFED) has done some fine research, but also hold some problematic socialist-tainted views. They are keenly involved in MHVille, and are an example of the need for a wheat and chaff approach. They are also an example of why engagement is a wise course of action. Critiques properly understood aren’t an attack.  Critiques are a call for intelligent debate, discussion, and mutual learning.

Former Clinton adviser and Democratic strategist Doug Schoen has said that the Democratic Party can’t be a party of redistribution of wealth. Smart.  

Schoen sees the hard left push in his party as embracing socialism, and he rejects it. Democrat Alan Dershowitz sees the harm being caused by weaponizing parts of the government in an attempt to illegitimately unseat a duly elected president.  

You or I may not trust the political, religious or economic perspective of some group or person.  But that doesn’t keep us from considering a specific truth that another may offer.  

So, for example. Much of what Democrats as a party are embracing today in the way of socialism and supposedly “free stuff” – which obviously someone must pay for – are demonstrably nonsense. They are false promises, designed to manipulatively attract, and trap millions of minds. 

But the Democrats were arguably smart to put up a policy position that calls for stronger controls over monopolistic forces in America. On that point, this Masthead writer agrees with them. That’s another example of separating the wheat from the chaff.

Candidates Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump agreed on this. The “System is Rigged.” That much is true. 

And that rigged system is keeping millions from being more free by having their right to choose a manufactured home limited or removed.

Yet, that right to choose a manufactured home is essentially codified in federal law, in the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000, found in the enhanced preemption clause. That’s how zoning and other land-use regulations, which are strangling opportunities for millions to own a manufactured home, can be defeated, just by applying existing federal law.

The reward for doing so is a society that researchers say would produce $2 trillion dollars more a year in GDP. That in turn would in time end the need for subsidized housing, and other well-indented – but nevertheless misguided – ‘entitlement programs.’ 

We editorially oppose socialists and monopolistic manipulators.  It is interesting to note that those billionaires often publicly claim to support leftist candidates. We oppose them, whether their headquarters are in Omaha or Silicon Valley, etc.

There are some billionaires who are no doubt just fine, so its not the rich that are being blindly opposed.  But rather, it’s those who have rigged the system against the rights of “We, the People.” It’s a matter of principle, based upon an understanding of economic, legal, political, and historical forces.

There are more than one strategic moats which threaten our Republic from within.  That’s why the fictional movie Network was as brilliant a look at reality as was George Orwell’s 1984. 

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Manufactured Home “Choice”

Manufactured Home Choice” or the “Manufactured Home Option” must become a factually accurate, evidenced based battle cry that third-party researchers logic says could create trillions in more wealth and GDP productivity for the USA.  

That would yield thousands of new millionaires, and some new billionaires. They should embrace the long-term vision to make that manufactured home option part of the reality of the “American Dream. 

That’s the Profitable Manufactured Housing Revolution.

That can be done without creating a monopoly. 

If you’re among those who’ve followed our periodic series of reports on issues – past and present – that could make manufactured housing greater than ever, you aren’t alone.  If you’ve missed them, some are linked below, as references for greater insight on this essay.

 

Tim, Kevin, Joe, Keith, David, Ross, Mike, Sam…

MH professionals named Tim, Kevin, Joe, Keith, Ross, David, Ross, Mike, Sam, and a host of others are – per our sources – following those reports, articles, and commentary like this on MHProNews.  When they follow it, that’s a good reason for others in MHVille to do the same, isn’t it?  

They, per the evidence, may or may not agree with the goals behind what we publish. What is our goal?  To expand opportunities made possible by a broad use of manufactured homes, promoted in an honest, sustainable, and honorable fashion.  

As an example of those that Marty Lavin calls the big boys” – and how they react to what is published on MHProNews is this.

We are told by sources in and out of their Arlington based network that a gent named Tim is “obsessed” with what we publish. 

Why?

If this was a place online for the angry or mad, it would soon be devoid of readers.

But instead, third-party reports reveal a growing audience, which includes: 

  • International investors,
  • public officials,
  • advocates,
  • media,
  • researchers,
  • educated people across the left-right divide,

along with thousands of manufactured and factory-built home industry professionals.  

They come each day by the thousands to the Daily Business News and/or to other parts of MHProNews. 

Some who initially misunderstood – or even strongly opposed – our exposés like Smoking Gun 3 and other reports have-or-are becoming convinced by the evidence presented.

Facts in context matter. 

Some monopolistic minds sought to marginalize or kill-off, we’re told, this pro-industry, pro-growth Trade Media platform – along with our sister-site, MHLivingNews.com – which also begs the question, “Why?” 

George Orwell, the founders, or other freedom-loving thinkers and doers throughout history hold the answer. 

Ignorance is Strength,” was a slogan “Big Brother” used in Orwell’s 1984. If someone can keep you ignorant of your rights or opportunities – in the problematic world-view of monopolistic or socialistic dominators – that allows them to profit or benefit.

The tragic irony is this.

There is arguably more profit without the monopolistic strategic Moat than with it. Is there evidence for that claim?

Sure.  Just look at MHVille when there were more independent producers, vs. the scarcity of independents today for proof.

There’s more wealth to be earned by making America and Manufactured Housing Greater than ever, than there is by robbing people of opportunities though pressures, ignorance, rigged systems or false promises. 

We have always celebrated honest success on MHProNews. 

We oppose on principle monopolistic or any other form of economic, moral, and political oppression as Un-American. 

At the end of the day, it’s the truth that sets people free. Who says?  How about a wise Jewish rebel who preached a gospel that even centuries later motivated the 1776 founders who put their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor on the line, when they began with those timeless words…

When in the course of human events…”

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Knowledge, not ignorance, is the beginning of freedom.  

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Education, not spin or hype, are a fundamental part of the Manufactured Housing Revolution.

 

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It’s all about the education of our fellows that can make this manufactured home industry an ever-more vital part of the American Dream of homeownership.

The proof is there for those who are willing to explore the evidence. Can we get an “Amen?” ##  (News, historic, commentary, analysis.)

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Related Reports are below…

By L. A. “Tony” Kovach, publisher, consultant, history buff, and manufactured housing industry expert.

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Deadwood, the Manufactured Housing Revolution, and You

“Why Advocates Need to Rethink Manufactured Home Quality,” Harvard, GSE, Genz, “High Satisfaction”

“Challenges to Obtaining Manufactured Home Financing,” Urban Institute Report Fact Check, Analysis

YIMBY vs. NIMBY, Obama Admin Concept Could Unlock $1.95 Trillion Annually, HUD & MH Impact

 

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Researchers Shake Up American Dream? Rent vs. Buy, Ken Johnson, Florida Atlantic University, Exclusive to ManufacturedHomeLivingNews

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American August in MHVille 2016

August 4th, 2016 No comments

In business and all other aspects of life, honest words and good deeds matter. The Ten Commandments include prohibitions not to lie, steal or cheat. In Acts, the Apostle Peter dramatically shows believers that reality as they witness a man and his wife die, one by one – for the error of deliberately misleading and deceiving.

So what does hell hold for the unrepentant politician who does these things?

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There are honest mistakes, a slip of the tongue, poor choices of words, political fly-paper traps – and then there’s deliberate falsehoods and deception. As part of our American August in MHVille line up, my bride Soheyla uses words, thought-provoking images, satire and videos that take apart Hillary Clinton’s candidacy. A European university educated woman shares why Hill and Bill should not go back to the White House.

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If you know it, share it.

I’m biased, but I think it’s well done. You look, and tell me, please. “We Provide, You Decide.” ©. As always, other thoughtful viewpoints are welcome.

Her already read-hot thought piece is linked below, along with over 20 more new featured articles. You’ll see why heavy readership by your peers and MH Enthusiasts set a NEW RECORD in July – per Webalizer – and that pace has already spilled over into August. Thank you!

Those reads Include a new Cup of Coffee with… a seasoned yet rising star at a historic MH operation. See that interview below.

We unveil the fact that the Trump family organization is in the factory-built housing business. Can you imagine what that could mean for our industry?! To quote the father of the potential first family, “That could be HUGE!” Two articles on that are linked below that you won’t find anywhere else in the MHIndustryNewsLand.

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Image credit – collage of Industry Association logos by MHProNews, each logo is the property of  each organization, and is used here under Fair Use guidelines.

We have info and articles from MHARR and MHI. Be sure to check ’em out.

We have an article by a new expert writer to MHProNews on an interesting wrinkle in Dodd-Frank.

Matthew Silver shares his skills as he unpacks a Seeking Alpha report on investing in MH Communities (MHCs). In another article, Matthew also spotlights an honor received by Chris Nicely, CEO of Next Step Network.

MHRE shares facts and figures on two new properties, one an MHC another for RVs. See links below.

DataComp shares a new MHCommunities report.  MH Community pros and investors may find it timely.

Scott Roberts of Roberts Resorts shares insights on zoning for news MHCs, in connection with a hot report found here. You’ll find Scott’s comments linked below.

We have a new-to-you inspirational article by Zig Ziglar (thanks to his editor generously sharing with us!).

We have a thought provoker by Tim Connor; we’re glad he’s doing better, but not yet out-of-the-woods.  Savor his column…

You’ll find legal and Fair Housing focused articles, business to business, business to consumer articles by Soheyla and myself, and some political commentary from moi on why free enterprise matters, and why socialism always fails.  Let’s understand and defend our free enterprise system and the American Republic.

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We set a new record in July 2016!  Thanks to all our readers, contributors, writers, sponsors and team members that made it possible. 15 Minutes a Day on MHProNews and the same on MHLivingNews.com – free resources for the Public and Professionals – these provides fuel and resources for industry image, education and thus growth.

All that and more are linked below.

My thanks to the growing number on LinkedIn who took the time to share kind words on the 7th anniversary since we began the plans and work that became MHProNews.

That said, we launched Volume 1, issue 1 in mid-October 2009.  So it took about 2 months to plan, organize, build and launch what became the MHProNews.com website. The start of our 8th year in publishing will be in October, and we hope to have some fireworks for you and the entire MH factory built housing industry then.

With no further adieu, let’s dive into the featured articles and reports for August 2016 – at the single hottest place in all of MH News, Tips and View You Can Use ©.

FEATURED ARTICLES AND REPORTS – AUGUST 2016 VOL. 7 NO. 11

2016 JLT Market Reports Now Available for Major Markets in Colorado, Delaware, New Jersey and Louisiana

by Darren Krolewski

darren-krolewski-vp-mhvillage-posted-manufactured-home-professional-news-mhpronews-com-55x55Datacomp, publisher of JLT Market Reports, is pleased to announce that our comprehensive manufactured home community rent and occupancy reports are now available for major markets in Colorado, Delaware, New Jersey and Louisiana:

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A Cup of Coffee with…Bob Bender, The Commodore Corporation

a-cup-mhmsm-com1) Who, What and Where: (Your name and your formal title at Commodore Homes and where your company is based).

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2016 Manufactured Housing Legal Update – McGlinchey Stafford – Where Business & Law Intersect

by L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach

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TSA Portfolio | 889 Sites | Michigan

by Christopher Nortley

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The Fix, Cons, Racism, Media, RINOs, Democrats, Clintons vs. Donald Trump

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Liars lie and deceivers deceive. Con-artists and spin-artist political hacks have much in common.

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DOE Public Meeting On MH Energy Rule Further Exposes Multiple Fallacies

by Mark Weiss

M-MarkWeiss-MHARRPresident-ManufacturedHousingAssociationRegulatoryReform-posted-MHProNews-com-50x50-The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), as announced in the June 17, 2016 Federal Register publication of its proposed rule for manufactured housing energy standards, held a public meeting regarding that rule at DOE headquarters in Washington, D.C. on July 13, 2016.

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Getting Zoning Approvals for New Manufactured Home Communities

by Scott Roberts

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When MHI Does It Right, We Showcase That Too – Fair Housing

by L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach

tony- kovachThere are a few voices – notably those supporting very specific missteps by MHI staffers that harm the industry – that have advanced a theory that MHProNews has turned against the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI).

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EPA Set To Publish Final Composite Wood Formaldehyde Rule

by Mark Weiss

M-MarkWeiss-MHARRPresident-ManufacturedHousingAssociationRegulatoryReform-posted-MHProNews-com-50x50-As expected (see, June 13, 2016 MHARR Memorandum on publication of the “Spring 2016 Federal Semi-Annual Regulatory Agenda”), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in a News Release issued on July 28, 2016,

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What you must know about Dodd-Frank Construction Loan Documentation Collection & Retention

by Maria DeAngelis-Vesey

Maria_DeAngelis-VeseyCEOEagleOne_Financial-postedonMHProNews-com-55x65Dodd-Frank has 141 separate guidelines that refer to or pertain to the Manufactured Home (MH) and the Modular Housing (Factory-Built Homes) Industry.

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You don’t solve a problem without recognizing the truth

by L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach

tony- kovachThe following is a thought provoking quote, “You don’t solve a problem without recognizing the truth.” – Sean Hannity.

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Building Integration Photo Voltaic (BIPV) in HUD Code Manufactured Housing

by Steven Lefler

steve-lefler-vp-modular-lifestyles-newport-pacific-manufactured-homes-mhpronews-com-50x50= (1)The media has many articles on the scarcity of affordable housing in California. Many apartments have minimum vacancy and exorbitant rents.

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Ultimately Big Government Socialism Always Fails

by L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach

tony- kovachUntil we get down to the root issues, we’ll keep hitting the same brick walls. Let’s consider the following facts. Cuba’s socialist economy is stuck in the past, impoverished by their system.

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Wild Frontier RV Park | 106 Sites | Ocala, Florida

 by Christopher Nortley

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Revolution Homes – 1.1 Million Global PreFabs?! – Trump’s Are In Factory Built Housing

by L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach

tony- kovachA couple of years ago, faithful readers may recall that MHProNews ran an article about the possibility that the Trump organization was in or getting into the factory built housing industry.

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NeighborWorks Achieving Excellence Program Teaches Leadership

by Matthew J Silver

matthew-silver-daily-business-news-mhpronews-com1Chris Nicely, CEO of Next Step Network, a nonprofit supporter of affordable housing based in Louisville, KY, is one of 50 national leaders to have been chosen to participate in NeighborWorks Achieving Excellence Program, conducted at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard university.

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No Washington Insiders in a Trump Administration, says Eric Trump

by L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach

tony- kovachThe Hill and Newsmax are among those media operations who are reporting to MHProNews that presidential candidate Donald Trump’s son, Eric Trump is saying: A Trump administration won’t have a cabinet stacked with “Washington insiders.

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Investing in Manufactured Home Communities – Negative Perceptions, but the Industry Grows, says SeekingAlpha

by Matthew Silver

matthew-silver-daily-business-news-mhpronews-comThe glitz and glamor that attach to an ownership interest in businesses such as hotels, a race track or a small chain of upscale restaurants suddenly tarnishes for some when the investment being considered is manufactured home communities (MHCs).

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The NFIB Healthcare Playbook

by L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach

tony- kovachThe National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) is perhaps the largest and best known trade association for the independent business person.

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Being the Best is an Advantage and MH Synergy

by Soheyla Kovach

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Loneliness

by Tim Connor, CSP

tim-connor-mhmsm-comThere is a significant difference between being lonely and being alone.

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ZigOn Teaching By Example

by Zig Ziglar

zig-ziglarThis little poem crossed my desk recently and it exposed a great truth:

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MHI 2013 Annual Meeting and “Big Government is Over”

October 9th, 2013 No comments

Raise the white flag. Shut your office doors. Empty your bank account while you can.

Some industry pros are saying privately it is "all over." "There is not enough time," and "we don't have enough grass roots action and votes" to get the "Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act" – aka HR 1779 – passed.

GovTrack suggests the same, with their prognosis of:

  • 27% chance of getting past committee.
  • 4% chance of being enacted.

Really?

Sorry, but in my world and that of tens of thousands of other business owners, managers and executives "can't hasn't tried enough."

Because in business, "Winners never quit and quitters never win."

Review and Analysis

If too many are apathetic or give up now, you can count on negative consequences, even if you have done 'your part.' If you've acted, great, but then get your peers, team mates friends and relatives to do the same!

Paraphrasing, Tim Williams CEO of 21st Mortgage told attendees at the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) annual meeting in La Costa, CA the following.

21st Mortgage reviewed the loans they made in 2013 and concluded that as the CFPB's guidelines currently read, 47% of those loans won't be made after mid-January 2014 when the new regulations are scheduled go into effect.

Since 21st Mortgage has a reputation for buying "deeper" than other industry lenders and buying more than others too, real harm will be done to retailers, communities and those who serve or supply them. Factories, suppliers, you name it…will be harmed.

As an aside, see why even MHARR is quoting from Tim William's exclusive interview with us, found at the link here.

Should business and association leaders fail in their collective efforts, as the industry currently functions, expect a number of businesses to close at some point as a direct result of fewer loans being made. I'm looking at the most recent message from one of the lending pros we know, he thinks so too.

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Further, millions of pre-HUD code mobile homes and millions of post HUD code manufactured home owners will watch their home values drop as access to lending will be cut.

So should we give up? Or rather, should we redouble our efforts?

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Let's look at some facts.

As of early morning on 10.7.2013, HR 1779 has 93 cosponsors (79R, 14D). This is dozens of members more support than we had a year ago. New congressional co-sponsors keep signing on, even during the partial federal shut down that is dominating news and DC politics.

Why are they signing on, if they too think it is pointless?

HR 1779 may be one of the most bi-partisan pieces of legislation moving in the Congress right now! We are told it is the most bi-partisan bill moving related to Dodd-Frank.

That in itself is a major accomplishment. All who are making that happen ought to rightfully be proud, but this is no time to rest on such laurels.

Word has it from a number of sources that multiple U.S. Senators are prepared to contact Richard Cordray at the CFPB and ask for the regulatory changes that would mirror what HR 1779 would do legislatively.

MA Senator Elizabeth Warren is said to prefer seeing a regulatory fix at the CFPB than see ANY bill hitting the floor of the Senate that would "open up" Dodd-Frank. Interesting…

Why are these insights of value? Because more co-sponsors in the House supporting HR 1779 is seen by those in the know as being momentum for either a legislative change and/OR for a regulatory change with the CFPB.

The bottom line? There is NO effort wasted on supporting HR 1779.

  • Have you written your congressman?
  • Called her or his office to ask for support?
  • Has your congressional rep signed on?

  • If so, did you thank them?

The clock is ticking down. We have about 100 days. Can we do it? Yes, but only if you get involved, and then ask for others to do the same.

DC Talk

Shifting gears to the related news out of DC.

Among those in our industry who don't want to do any heavy lifting on HR 1779 are those who say that:

  • the partial shutdown (some 83% of the federal government is open),
  • lack of a CR (continuing resolution, an alternative to formal budget funding),
  • looming debt ceiling issue,

on and on with DC's gridlock are all 'reasons' we can't get HR 1779 done.

Our take?

Repeating, can't hasn't tried hard or long enough. It took me a personal visit to the DC office of my congressman, along with multiple follow up emails and calls before he signed on. Starting in late February, until “mission accomplished.” Here's proof.

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If it is worth doing, it is worth seeing through and doing right.

That said, some effort is better than none. Please read the message from Mark Bowersox here, and you can download and use the template he provides. Or put it all in your own words.

Either way, please, just do it.

Looming federal debt default?

China and Japan warn the U.S. against a default, but there are those who say that debt service won't suffer because there is some $225 billion coming in monthly with 'only' some $35 billion monthly on debt service.

House Speaker John Boehner says it "is time to deal with America's problems."

We aren't crystal balling this, but will say that it is self-evident that if Barack Obama was right as a Senator when he voted against raising the debt limit then he must be wrong as President in his current stance. By contrast, Bill Clinton didn't buck up and refuse to talk with the opposing party, rather, he used ju-jitsu! He took what the R's wanted, put his finger prints on it, and came up with a mutual victory.

It is no secret that current Democratic strategists are hoping to 'hook' more and more of the American people on entitlement programs. For those who think this is DC politics that doesn't matter on an MH trade publication, please think again. Question. What is perhaps the biggest competitor that manufactured housing faces in the market place today? Arguably, Section 8 housing and related subsidy programs!

Tragically, this entire movement among Democratic strategists and leaders runs counter to the arguably more nimble politics of Democratic President Bill Clinton, who made the famous deal to cut the welfare programs through entitlement reform which lead to a balanced budget.

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"The era of big government is over…but…
Self-reliance and teamwork are not opposing virtues
— we must have both." – Bill Clinton.

Since the Reagan-Clinton era, President Bush "43" promoted programs that pushed bigger government, which now President Obama has accelerated. The balanced budget and surplus created by Clinton's deal with then House Speaker Newt Gingrich has been lost in a sea of red ink that must be tamed.

The reason the era of big government ought to be over is that big, bloated government doesn't work as promised.

It isn't partisan to point out that many of the promises made to Americans before the passage of ObamaCare – lower health care costs, keep your doctor and plan, etc. – are not going to happen. Our pre-election quote from thinker Thomas Sowell made it clear that you can't add a layer of bureaucracy onto an already huge system and expect it to cost less than before. Nor should we think that bloated, big government might work better!

Tens of billions (if not hundreds of billions) of real dollars are wasted ever year in DC. Nancy Pelosi could not be more incorrect when she says that 'everything has been wrung out of the budget' that can be. What nonsense. The proof lies in reports that Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn has produced that point to huge sums of waste, fraud and abuse that can and ought to be trimmed away.

Our Industry Potentially Holds the Key!

With some 20,000,000+ Americans living in manufactured homes, we have the model for quality, affordable living right before our eyes! In an era of run-away big government, part of the solution lies in supporting our industry, not some Section 8 style program that makes site building 'more affordable' by taking money from tax payers or borrowing to make up the difference between market rent and the subsidized rent.

The obvious answer is having a home which is affordable already!

Our industry has allowed itself to get boxed into corners way too often to not have learned the lesson that if we don't define ourselves and learn to sing our love song to quality affordable living well, no one else is going to do it for us.

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MHI Meeting Reports

We've had calls and messages about the 'deafening silence' since the MHI annual meeting. It may not seem so, but we've been hitting the key points from the MHI annual meeting here on the Masthead already.

I've also touched base with MHI, they tell us their report will be out on Friday. Watch for it in our MHI News Module.

We plan a photo report about the MHI annual meeting and awards in our Industry in Focus module. But let me give you once more the executive summary.

It is necessary for pros like you to call, email, fax and meet with your Congressional Representative in support of HR 1779. When the Senate drops its companion bill, that will focus on the HOEPA vs. the LO Comp rule (sources tell us that we are 75% 'there' on getting what is needed on LO Comp from the CFPB), we will want to contact our Senators and let them know too that this is must have to protect millions of manufactured home owners, along with thousands of jobs and businesses.

The era of big government isn't over, and part of the reason is that not enough people like you are standing up and fighting for what is needed to win, regardless of party or politics.

Republicans let George W. Bush – “43” – grow government, and now Democrats lead by Barack Obama are also growing government. Don't let the hype and smoke fool you, the current and prior president share much in common.

European socialism proved to be a failed system. The Chinese communists brought large slices of 'capitalism' into their country to help it grow. The nations here or there that are progressing are using more free enterprise than we now do. Here at home in the USA, states with pro-business governors and legislatures are growing while big government states are often the ones dying fastest in a sea of red ink. The proof is all round us that the era of big, socialistic government ought to be over.

We are not spectators! We are impacted by all of this, and must be part of the solution or we are de-facto part of the problem.

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In the Rocky movie series, Balboa's character wasn't the smoothest, most stylish or best fighter. What he did is keep coming, get knocked down, get up, go back into the fray and never quit.

Rocky eventually wins.

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Some wins are ugly ones. But winning is better than losing any day of the week. Want to avoid a nasty loss? Want to avoid more businesses from closing or jobs being lost?

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The U.S. Capitol

February 23rd, 2013 4 comments

My parents wanted to take us kids to Washington, DC back when we were living in Upper Darby, PA, just outside of Philly. We made it to Longwood Gardens in Kenneth Square, PA. We made it to Atlantic City and their famous board walk on the shores of New Jersey. But seeing Washington, DC (District of Columbia) didn't happen for me until I was an adult.

It was worth the wait.

Our nation's capitol truly is an inspirational place to be. The Lincoln Memorial. The Washington Monument. The capitol city's many museums. The World War II Memorial and Vietnam War's "Wall" to name but a few. Then there is the White House and the Halls of Congress!

Statues, buildings and paintings are all around DC, which stand as quiet reminders of Americans who gave or lead so that we may have the most freedom and prosperity that any nation on earth prior to our founding has ever enjoyed.

Now we have our modern era. We see in the last few decades an ever stronger flirtation (recently, more like a torrid affair…) with socialism and big government. Yet it was individuals exercising personal, spiritual, professional and political liberty that made our's the nation that drew souls from around the globe seeking similar freedoms and opportunities.

Individual liberty, the incentives born of personal responsibility, low taxes and keeping what you earned as incentives made Americans more productive than others. Low energy costs, an abundance of resources and other factors helped us here too.

Eden Revisited

The Book of Genesis describes humanity's "fall," described as Adam and Eve being seduced by the slippery serpent into give up a faithful liberty that gave the pair all that is good for a false promise of being 'like God' if they but ate of the forbidden fruit. It was a message of envy, "us vs. Them" and ended up yielding the couple bitter fruit indeed.

America has never been paradise. Nor has any other nation. But compared to what came before our country's prime-time, no place on earth in the last two millennium offered more people more liberty, prosperity or opportunity than the United States did. What wrongs that were done to women, some minorities – or as some now call them, 'emerging majorities' – were addressed decades ago, and continue to draw efforts at correction.

So why is our nation traveling down a false path of Euro-socialism that has never yielded for others the same false goods being "promised" Americans today?

Russia, Cuba and a host of nations come to mind where 'utopia' was promised, but was never achieved. We need but look at much of Europe, California or Illinois to see that bankruptcy looms if we don't change our national course away from spending so much more than we take in.

The 2013 MHI Legislative Session

Perhaps 100 or so industry professionals will make this year's journey to DC to hear from corporate or association leaders, pro-Industry elected officials and speakers such as commentator Byron York.

What we are not likely to hear enough about are the biggest issues that face our Republic. We will be more focused on:

  • Dodd-Frank, SAFE Act and desired financial reform, or

  • hoping HUD, CFPB, DOE and others will regulate us more fairly and

  • other such goals that seem so important to Manufactured Housing professionals from coast to coast.

Will we hear about the GSE's Duty to Serve (DTS) our industry, made law by HERA 2008? Or is the FHFA's 'reasoning' all it takes to ignore federal law?

All those and more are important, but let's look at a broader picture that leads us and others to such a place in time.

A Broader Picture

What we ought to rouse, remind or (re-) learn is how the United States of America became so great! We must question if the current federal path of high debts, high deficits and a lack of political courage to address fiscal and other issues will lead us to ever more glorious days? Or will it lead us on a path towards fiscal, economic and social ruin that takes us to the ash heap of history?

I'm well aware of the millions – some of whom are relatives, colleagues and friends – who sincerely believe in the policies that brought us to this point. I respect their right to hold their views. I hope they will respect my right to think differently, to question and mention why we are heading down an arguably dangerous path, and why our Industry's issues are symptomatic of far greater problems.

Over-Regulation! Over-Extended!

Our Industry has trouble for many of the same reasons our nation is in trouble! We are over-regulated. We are over-taxed. All for what? There is no balanced budget anywhere in sight. We don't have pro-economic growth policies in DC, we have pro-big government policies instead.

Is the sky is falling? Not.

Montana's Democratic Senator Max Baucus admits that the White House proposed the sequester that President Obama is now railing against. There are YouTube videos that show President Obama threatening to veto any attempt to change the sequester, which he now wants to ask Congress to undo. What happened to those promises of post partisanship and transparency? What happened to promises of a balanced budget?

The sequester is only 2.4% – some 86 billion of the estimated 3.8 trillion of the federal budget, or only some 72 hours of federal spending. The sequester is a trim (yes, a ham handed, uneven one) of an increase in federal spending. It is not a cut, despite the rhetoric. All the "sky is falling" talk in much of the media is no more real than when Chicken Little proclaimed it in story land.

Staggered furloughs for a really long unpaid weekend and some belt tightening could resolve it all. But instead, we are told with hype and stage craft, of alleged calamities to begin March 1, 2013. Think 2012 Mayan Calendar; don't worry, the world and our nation will go on!

But you know what? This sequester isn't a nearly big enough 'solution,' as you will see below.

Slights of hand that hide the ball

Our economy, jobs – and our Industry – could all come roaring back if we just get sanity back into the federal government. We can't just throw our hands up and walk away. It is our dollars they are playing with in DC, our debt and that of the next generation that they are rolling up!

Fairness?

Since when is it 'fair' to tax you for money you earned, to be given to another who did not earn it?

Since when is it 'fair' to regulate the your use of your money, resources – and de facto, time – so that bureaucrats that generally don't know you or your profession can tell you what you can or can't do?

As some of us walk in Washington DC amidst the statues, monuments and buildings that remind us of our freedom and heritage, we need to ask, when will that silent majority of We, the People say enough?

Solution oriented Suggestions

The start of the fixes are easier than we are lead to think.

The House of Representatives holds the power of the purse strings! Why not call your legislator and request the following:

> 1) Vote for NO funds for ObamaCare. No money, no program. It is that simple. We would still have Medicaid, Medicare, private plans and some measure of medical freedom. We can still craft a real health care reform bill. The savings that would result from de-funding ObamaCare is some $1.3 trillion over ten years, or a $130 billion annual average. The Tax Foundation says this will also save 80 million man hours of paper work a year (Bloomberg cites the House Ways and Means Committee estimate of 127.6 million man hours per annum). To put that in perspective, it took only 7 million man hours to build the 102 story tall Empire State Building.

> 2) Vote to consolidate programs and truly cut waste, fraud and corruption. There is considerable duplication of a number of programs, plus more money lost to fraud, waste and corruption. This could yield savings of an estimated 20% of the federal budget a year. That's some 760 billion dollars annually, at the current pace.

> 3) Vote to bring ALL our overseas based military home by 2015, including, over and above 'war' costs. When did we become the world's unpaid cop? Let's stop that, as George Washington and Thomas Jefferson both advised. Let's defend America and our borders, while keeping the ability to project strength when needed. Savings of about 100 billion a year.

> 4) Simplify taxes and regulations. Savings to business and individuals to simplify the tax code, per Forbes, would be 6.1 billion man hours a year. Bloomberg says regulatory compliance totals 9.1 billion man hours a year.

> 5) Vote to fast track federal leases for oil, gas and other domestic energy resources.

Numbers 1-3 above would directly save some 990 billion annually, or about 56% of the annual deficit.

The economic boom caused by all 5 of the above in time and money freed up would likely balance the budget before President Obama leaves office, because Presidents Kennedy, Reagan and Clinton all learned that cutting taxes, regulatory costs and freeing up the private sector creates more federal revenues and leads to more job creation too.

We can rapidly move back to a surplus that pays down the debt. That would further reduce the federal budget.

It took me an hour or so to pull together some of the numbers for this via Google searches on topics related to the above, plus the time to write this column up. Are we to believe that some Congressional and Senatorial staffers have not already done this math? Or could they put it together in a few days?

Answer? YouBetcha.

The Alternative

In a televised interview, a 30-something mother explained that it would be hard for her to go back to the work-a-day-world. She was on a bevy of public aid programs. She candidly talked about the hassle it would be to have to get up again in the morning, to fight traffic to go to work, and what would she do with the kids? What she had right now was easier. Why should she strain to change it?

Therein lies part of the rub for millions in the U.S..

Every wise business owner knows you create incentives to reward the behavior you desire. Besides the budgetary issues, the problem with too many 'aid' programs is there is no easy off ramp, but the on ramp is virtually advertised. This is where private charity is superior to government programs. There is less or no incentive to create permanent dependency and to continually grow a budget with faith-based or other private charity.

Stop and think! Before big brother government, what did the American people do when faced with a personal or financial challenge?

As we have stated before, whatever you subsidize, you tend to get more of, so no wonder poverty, food stamps and a host of other programs are out of control.

Don't think party labels or posturing. Think common sense. Think, the Congress is supposed to work for us! For We, the People.

Let the Congress fund nothing more until something like the above gets done. Just tell your Representative by phone, fax, letter or email that you will stand by them if they stand by this kind of basic, common sense concept. Let them improve on this, but don't let them do less.

If they fail us, let them be beaten in the next primaries!

It is in our hands

The notion that you or any voter thinks of themselves as powerless is part of what the political elite counts upon. The idea that this is all 'too complicated' for John and Jane American is another part of the ruling elite's political calculus. Please, don't let them get away with it!

Because the country we can and ought to save or lose is our own.

Enough musing for today. I'm looking forward to the MHI Legislative session. I'm looking forward to walking again and to be inspired amidst the many reminders of our greatness in DC. We hope to share a report once it all wraps up, and I get caught up from a week on the road.

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Voter Fraud?

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As a former student of the University of Oklahoma, I can tell you about the year that Arkansas University kicked our cans in football before a national audience. Lou Holtz was their head coach. Holtz had benched two of his starters for rules violations, just before the big game. OU fans were smiling at that, right up to the point that we got beaten by the team that had done not the easy, but the right things at the right time.

My younger sister used to baby sit for one of OU's coaches back then. There were routine rumors floating around the team about this or that "no no" behavior.

So while many Sooner fans revered coach Barry Switzer as a 'winner,' it is coach Lou Holtz's 'Do It Right' that hangs over my desk.

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I absolutely believe in honest free enterprise and – properly understood – our constitutional system of limited government as being superior to socialism or big government. Voter Fraud is the topic, not football. But the lessons ought to be the same, as you will see.

What Democrats and Republicans agree upon

What both major parties agree on this year is that this is the most important election in a generation. What they widely disagree upon, is the use of state issued voter ID. Why is that?

A recent report came out that says that 30,000 voter registrations in NC could be fake.

Another report from Media Trackers says that in CO, 10 counties have 104-140% of their potential voters already registered.

Is it early? Have you smelled the coffee or sipped your favorite go juice yet today? This is no small matter.

Some Democrats accuse Republicans of wanting dirty air, dirty water and of wanting to suppress the vote by requiring state issued photo ID to vote. But the Democratic convention website says that photo ID is required to attend their convention…

…hello? Whichever team you are for – and I am an independent – does anyone think 'hypocrisy' when they read this fact?

Elections need to be as fair and honest as possible. As soon as we allow any party, team or group to cheat and win, we are inviting protests – or violence – from those who feel their rights are being suppressed.

I have to show photo ID to:

  • Before boarding an airplane,
  • Buy certain medications,
  • Buy alcohol or other products.

Should we be protesting those kinds of laws bullet pointed above too? Should I have to use photo ID to use my platinum or diamond card? Are my rights – or yours – suppressed by such realities as those just mentioned?

Certainly there are groups who think so about those bullet points, and the leftists call those groups right wing radicals…

…right up to the point that the photo ID gets in the way of their own agenda.

The same people who thoughtfully want to take others to the polls on election day can surely take those same souls to get a photo ID before an election, if they don't already have one.

Friends and colleagues, it is sound principles – not posturing or partisanship – that produces proper outcomes.

We gladly provide a platform for commentary that impacts manufactured or factory-built housing. Certainly both parties agree that this election will impact us all, for good or ill. Agree with this thought, disagree with this, post a comment or send an OpEd that is cogent, we can publish it in Industry Voices. Honest discussion is the free speech ideal.

We oppose voter fraud, regardless of who would benefit from it. Give us a free, fair and honest election. We send monitors overseas for some of their elections. We might as well forget the 'respect' of the world if we end up with an election that is stolen through voter fraud. With serious dishonesty comes division, doubt and demagoguery. With those can come civil unrest.

An easy way You can help prevent voter fraud

As a tip, have you or someone you know moved in the last few years from one polling place to another? If so, call that district you moved from, and have them remove your name from the voting rolls. Why? Consider to this quote from Red State:

"When Media Trackers requested comment on the voter bloat in Gilpin county, Chief Deputy Gail Maxwell explained that “This is just a reminder Gilpin is a Gaming Community. The voters come and go!”

While these voters come and go, they manage to turnout to vote. Records show Gilpin County had 61 percent voter turnout in the 2010 election and Hinsdale County had an astounding 92 percent voter turnout. This is far above the Colorado average turnout of 48 percent, and the national average of 41 percent.

All ten counties investigated by Media Trackers reported voter turnout greater than the national average. Nine out of ten also showed voter turnout well above the Colorado average. Mineral and San Juan counties, which have voter registration numbers of 126 percent and 112 percent respectively, had voter turnout of 96 and 83 percent respectively."

Support photo ID, no matter who your candidate may be. Do your part to Do It Right. See MB's fine article – linked below – that cites a famous verse well worth remembering. The rights you defend and save may be your own.

Maybe another time, we will talk about ballot access, because in many states, the two major parties collude to limit the potential for third – or more – political parties.

Let's take a page from Lou Holtz's play book. Do what's Right. ##

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