A periodic inside-the-beltway source tells Thrones that “both [Brian] Montgomery and Dana Wade are out at HUD — no longer on the […HUD] directory.” By contrast, the directory for the Office of Manufactured Housing Programs (OMHP) still reflects the presence of “Administrator Teresa Payne.”
Payne, J.D., worked closely with the prior administrator, Pam Danner, J.D. Sources that claim knowledge say that Payne and Danner worked well with each other.
A combination of factors were reportedly involved in Danner’s removal, who was increasingly decried by manufactured housing professionals despite an initially warm welcome to OMHP.
It remains to be seen how swiftly some Biden-Harris nominees that require Senate confirmation will be advanced. But numbers of roles can be rapidly changed and/or retained, as the examples above reflect.
With that brief backdrop, this following HUD News item was provided to MHProNews.
HUD APPLAUDS U.S. FORMAL RETURN TO PARIS CLIMATE AGREEMENT
WASHINGTON—The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development applauds President Biden for officially rejoining the Paris Climate Agreement. Climate change is an urgent and growing threat, and HUD will play a vital role in U.S. efforts to advance programs and policies essential to tackling the climate crisis and to promoting energy efficiency and clean energy across the building sector. The Department is also committed to ensuring that the communities most disproportionately impacted by the effects of climate change will benefit from our transition to a more sustainable, clean energy future.
HUD’s mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities
and quality affordable homes for all.
Notice: this release was provided as follows at 12:50 PM ET.
HUD No. 21-026 FOR RELEASE
HUD Public Affairs Friday
202-708-0685 February 19, 2021
Additional Information, MHProNews Analysis and Commentary
Just a month after Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were installed in office, HUD has made this ‘go green’ statement in favor of the Paris Climate Accords that the Trump Administration withdrew from for the sake of the U.S. economy and American jobs.
This appears to be, per sources, a clear indicator that HUD’s bureaucratic ‘deep state’ were just waiting for the change of administration from Trump-Republican to Biden-Harris Democrats.
Several early steps taken by the Biden White House undercut possible tools that may have benefited manufactured home producers and others in a fashion that would have provided more affordable homes.
This push toward a Green New Deal when there are not yet the touted green jobs to replace them with should be a concern to a range of professionals, employees, the millions out of work, retirees, taxpayers, and others. As MHProNews previously reported, the Green New Deal has several aspects that would be harmful for many in our profession.
Many at HUD, or other government agencies, are Democratic voters. That does not require serious research, it only requires a look at Washington, D.C.’s voting patterns. That noted, left-of-center Wikipedia said that as of “March 31, 2016, Democrats make up 76 percent of the registered voters in the District of Columbia, while 6 percent are registered with the Republican Party.” Best Places said that “In District of Columbia County, DC 90.9% of the people voted Democrat…”
But what does that mean for the implementation of American policies? What happened to the once pro-worker and favorable to small business claims by Democrats of the past?
“This ain’t your grandfather’s Democratic Party anymore.” – said Callie Crossley is the host of Under the Radar, on Boston’s left-of-center PBS station, WGBH. WGBH says they are “America’s preeminent public broadcaster, producing…award-winning PBS” programing.
Left-of-center Atlantic seems to agree. “In other words, the Democratic Party is moving left, but it might not be clear quite how far left for two or even six years. The revolution is coming,” they said on November 5, 2018.
Billionaire Jeff Bezos owned and left-of-center The Washington Post (WaPo) made a similar point. In a November 28, 2019, the flatly said “The Democratic Party has moved left,” and provided “Evidence from 2000, 2004 and 2008…” election cycles.
Investors, citing left-of-center Pew Research said on October 13, 2017 that “The results show that while the Republican center moved only slightly to the right over the past 23 years, the center of Democratic part shifted far to the left.”
Investors pointed to some interesting factoids from the Pew study. One of the questions asked was the following, and the reaction to it is as shown.
“How about the question of whether racial discrimination is the “main reason many black people can’t get ahead these days“?
In 1994, just 39% of Democrats and 26% of Republicans felt this way. That was 14 years before the U.S. elected a black president.
Now, after eight years of Obama in the White House, 64% of Democrats say racism is the main reason blacks can’t get ahead, while 14% of Republicans do.’”
The Financial Times (FT) noted that Joe Kennedy III made a discovery: “Joe Kennedy learns this is not his grandfather’s Democratic party.” Donald Trump Jr. made a similar observation: “The reality is this isn’t your grandfather’s Democrat Party,” per left-of-center Yahoo News on November 5, 2019.
While Ronald Reagan arguably misused the term liberal, his point that the threat of fascism in America would come from the political left is proving to be true.
Both third-party research as well as anecdotal evidence suggests that the Democratic Party has move significantly to the left. By contrast, the Republican move to the right is modest, per left-of-center PEW. See that graphic further above.
Bloomberg, NPR, the Los Angeles Times and others – often left-of-center – in media reported the Trump Administration’s plan to decentralize parts of the federal government. “The Trump administration is moving jobs and agencies out of Washington,” reported NPR. Bloomberg said the hope was that the Biden-Harris team would reverse those efforts. “Agencies uprooted by the Trump administration and moved [from]… Washington under Trump; Relocation critics hope Biden will consider reversing [that] decision.”
Perhaps it is noteworthy that voices such as lifelong Democrat Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has raised his voice to push back against the billionaires that have taken over or largely dominated the Democratic Party in recent years.
Or self-proclaimed attorney turned award-winning progressive journalist Glen Greenwald who has sounded the alarm about the rise of authoritarianism. Greenwald says that threat is from the billionaire backed left in the Democratic party, ‘not Trump.’
While Republican Ronald Reagan misused the term ‘liberal’ – he meant leftist – that noted, his point about the threat of facism coming from the left is proving to be soberingly accurate.
Is a new coalition forming that recognizes that the Democrats of old are not the modern largely leftist party? Time will tell.
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