How to Stop the Monopolization of America, Quotable Antitrust – Anti-Monopoly – Quotes, plus Manufactured Home Investing, Stock Updates

The evening snapshot of manufactured housing connected stocks at the closing bell are found after the featured focus and the related reports. No one else in manufactured housing provides this business-nightly service.

Two headlines in our left-right media evening recap are worth spotlighting before pivoting to our headline topic.

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·        Dow surges thanks to Boeing and strong home sales 

·        Warren Buffett doesn’t need the Fed’s help. But he’s getting it anyway

Buffett is often a hot topic on both sides of the left-right media divide. We expect the new report linked here and again further below to be one of those hotter read reports and fact-checks.

Buffett makes a useful segue to the headline topic.

There is no single silver bullet to stopping the monopolization of America. But certainly antitrust law is one of the legal tools available. There are a growing number of voices across the left-right divide that have spoken out about the contemporary problems of monopolistic power in a range of industries and professions.

While many of these focus on the tech giants, such as Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix and Google – the so-called FAANG stocks – MHProNews has made the argument that at a minimum, Berkshire Hathaway and Microsoft need to be added to that list of problematic players. So not just FAANG, but FAANGBM. Certainly, other firms should be considered, such as Walmart.


Why Does it Matter? How Does the Topic of Monopolization and Antitrust Impact You or Your Investing?

In a phrase, monopolistic power limits competition, routinely costs jobs, and in the modern era limits profit making opportunities. Ironically, while some may ‘benefit’ short term, the case can be made that they could earn more long term when the threat of monopolization is minimized.

Here is one of the ways that Scott Galloway, professor from New York Stern, phrased it. While he focused his comment on tech, the same principle could be applied to affordable housing in general and manufactured homes in particular.

This principle for breaking up monopolistic power is arguably as aptly applied to Berkshire Hathaway and manufactured housing as it is to big tech.

In decades gone by, monopolization of a given market often meant that higher prices could be charged for certain goods or services. Some went so far as to argue that antitrust – i.e. ant monopolization laws – should focus on that aspect of the problem.

But it has become increasingly obvious in recent years that the low price measure of a company or small group of companies isn’t necessarily good for the marketplace in the middle to long-term, even if it may seem to benefit consumers in the short run. Examples of that are Google and Facebook. They are free, you don’t get a lower price than free. But the market power that has emerged from the monetization of personal data has driven score of independent media operations either out of business or forced them into a larger media network. The result? There is less diversity of news, and the loss of tens of thousands of jobs too.

Monopolization isn’t a new problem. It has been part of global economic challenges for hundreds of years. It has had supporters – usually those who profit from it, and usually but not always more opponents.

Monopolization in the modern era is arguably limiting competition. That costs jobs, stifles innovation, and ultimately yields ever more power politically to a small group of individuals who run monopolistic conglomerates.

Industry leading publisher MHProNews has done several reports over the years about the problems of monopolization. One of them that explores issues noted above is linked below.

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It should be considered in the light of barriers of entry, maintenance, and exit.

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This evening’s featured focus will bring together a collection of quotes from a variety of sources, which will be noted below. That will follow our standard quotable quotes, left-right media headline bullets, and two of the three market closing graphics.

The third market summary graphic which reflections the stocks at the closing bell that have ties to manufactured housing are found beyond the featured focus and related reports.



Quotes That Shed Light – American Social, Industry, National Issues…




The quote by President Obama is often agreed to by people on either side of that left-right media divide. Not only in politics, but also with respect to manufactured housing, there is a need to challenge the narrative spun by the so-called Omaha-Knoxville-Arlington axis and their allies. Not only must the prevailing narrative be challenged, it must be repeatedly challenged, because efforts at manipulation and propaganda are arguably ongoing too.


Understanding media bias is useful to sifting through possibly hidden agendas.









Headlines from left-of-center CNN Business

  • $500 million in bonuses
  • Amazon is giving one-time payouts to its front-line workers as a ‘thank you’
  • Dow surges thanks to Boeing and strong home sales
  • Warren Buffett doesn’t need the Fed’s help. But he’s getting it anyway
  • The Facebook ad boycott is starting to rattle investors
  • Top investor Bill Ackman wants to buy a unicorn
  • Lululemon to buy at-home fitness startup Mirror for $500 million
  • The housing market is showing signs of a comeback
  • Ford will let you return your new car if you lose your job
  • INTERACTIVE Track America’s recovery
  • AMC delays US theater openings as it waits for summer blockbusters
  • Reddit bans pro-Trump forum The Donald
  • India bans TikTok as tensions with China escalate
  • Struggling at work? How to have tough talks with the boss
  • Costco stops selling its half-sheet cakes
  • Why police and insiders say Dollar General stores are robbery magnets
  • Dollar General is booming. That could be a problem
  • The pandemic will make dollar stores more dominant
  • Our pandemic shopping habits are here to stay
  • America just had its biggest monthly surge in retail sales. But that’s not the full story
  • The hard truth about the Facebook ad boycott
  • Facebook VP: We have no reason to allow hate speech
  • View the list of companies pulling ads
  • Facebook ad boycott gathers steam
  • Facebook will label more controversial content

Headlines from right-of-center Fox Business

  • Facebook slammed as scores of major retailers join boycott
  • Facebook faces corporate backlash over policies on hate speech, misinformation on platform.
  • Clorox pulls Facebook ads as boycott grows
  • NEWS
  • Dow jumps 579 points as Boeing boosts market
  • WATCH: Boeing’s 737 MAX test flight is a success
  • Musk defends Tesla as Texas county considers millions in tax breaks to land ‘gigafactory’
  • Musk defends Tesla as Texas county considers millions in tax breaks to land ‘gigafactory’
  • Social Security is withholding income from seniors at the worst possible time
  • Beware of these important red flags in home inspections
  • Goldman makes a grim prediction for the future of airlines
  • IRS
  • Millions of taxpayers receive IRS notices with old payment deadlines
  • Maria Bartiromo: This would be the top economic voice in a Biden admin
  • Alternative social media Parler added 1M as people bail on Twitter, Facebook
  • I’m leaving Seattle for Texas so my employees can be free: Billionaire
  • Supreme Court rules structuring of Warren’s brainchild is unconstitutional
  • Coronavirus could close a staggering number of restaurants
  • Saniderm Advanced Hand Sanitizer recalled over potential toxic chemicals
  • Trader Joe’s ‘Karen’ from viral video says there’s more than meets the eye
  • Top Las Vegas strip attraction files for bankruptcy
  • Portland Place, where an armed couple confronted protesters: What to know
  • NFL
  • Cam Newton’s Patriots contract worth this much if star QB hits incentives
  • AMC delays reopenings due to coronavirus-postponed blockbusters
  • Saniderm Advanced Hand Sanitizer recalled over potential toxic chemicals
  • Democrats want John Wayne’s name, statue taken off airport
  • New app ranks 142M American homes and properties by flood risk
  • Twitch suspends Trump for ‘hateful conduct’ violations
  • Cuomo: New Yorkers will lose paid sick leave if they break this rule
  • Some taxpayers face a desperate wait for refunds
  • Mark Wahlberg-backed F45 gym franchise going public
  • Coronavirus has forever transformed travel industry, Airbnb CEO says
  • Big city mayor bows to pressure, unveils plan to slash $1 billion from cop budget
  • ‘Full House’ star, hubby pushed out of ritzy country club as members revolt
  • Ex-prime minister guilty of giving $1.13 million in public funds to wife, children
  • 25 best American-made clothing companies for men and women
  • Amazon, Lowe’s to pay bonuses to essential workers
  • Why remdesivir, upcoming COVID-19 drug, could cost a small fortune
  • Broadway theaters to remain closed through early Jan. 2021 due to coronavirus
  • Supreme Court strikes down Louisiana abortion clinic law
  • Number of Americans signing contracts to buy homes makes historic comeback
  • Colin Kaepernick bringing his story to streaming site with acclaimed director
  • NEWS
  • Customers lash out after downward-facing yoga studio apologizes for ‘appropriation’
  • Varney: Economy can’t take a second coronavirus shutdown
  • China to impose visa restrictions on US individuals over Hong Kong

10 Market Indicator Closing Summaries – Yahoo Finance Closing Tickers on MHProNews…

Featured Focus –
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Antitrust or antimonopoly laws and the notion of breaking up powerful companies is gaining traction.


Economic Recovery “Snapback,” Ex-Facebook Exec Says Regulators ‘Will Break Up Big Tech,’ plus Manufactured Home Investing, Stock Updates

Reports like the ones above and below are reflections on that point.

“Antitrust is important…monopolies…major threat to our economy,” Nick Tomboulides, plus Manufactured Housing Investing, Stock Updates

The current head of the Department of Justice Antitrust Division has said the following.


The following quotes are from across the left right divide and will be followed by additional ones from the source as shown.

AlFrankenPhotoQuoteAntitrustLawIsnt AboutProtectingCompetingBusinessesEachOtherItsAboutProtectingCompetitionItself OnBehalfOfPublicMHProNews


MHProNews editorially is pro-free enterprise, faith, flag, family and friends. That makes us 5F. America has a long tradition of antitrust or anti-monopolistic law and enforcement. In recent decades, that has arguably slipped. But there are voices across the left-right spectrum that see the risk of the monopolistic, and the issue of antitrust is roaring back. We support that for the benefit of small to mid-sized businesses and consumers. Where monopolistic behavior warrants it, big firms should be broken up under existing law. For a legal rationale on how that can be done without new laws, see the report linked here. For documents, quotes, video and examples of alleged monopolistic behavior in manufactured housing, click here.
President Trump and his campaign manager are among those who have raised the antitrust or anti-monopoly issue on several occasions.

The history of antitrust law enforcement shows that successful antitrust prosecutions have often strengthened and brought vitality to extremely large companies and businesses. Robert Kennedy
Source: BrainyQuotes.

Antitrust is the way that the government promotes markets when there are market failures. It has nothing to do with the idea of free information. Bill Gates
Source: BrainyQuotes.

As attorney general, I would work with my colleagues in other states to launch a major antitrust investigation to look into the ways in which Facebook and Google are wielding and may be abusing their duopoly powers. Zephyr Teachout
Source: BrainyQuotes.

Changing technologies, changing marketplaces, and even changing trends in anti-competitive practices have all presented challenges to antitrust enforcement. Al Franken
Source: BrainyQuotes.

Antitrust law isn’t about protecting competing businesses from each other, it’s about protecting competition itself on behalf of the public. Al Franken
Source: BrainyQuotes.

Most Americans don’t think about antitrust law when they look at their cable bill, flip channels on TV, or worry about what their favorite website knows about them. But they should. Al Franken
Source: BrainyQuotes.

The federal government has shown little willingness to stand up to corporate monopolies, and use its powers under the existing antitrust statutes, including the powerful Clayton Act and Sherman Act. Zephyr Teachout
Source: BrainyQuotes.

When I applied to law school, I wrote on my application that I wanted to do two things. One was to solve antitrust law’s irregularities and problems, and the second was to solve the Arab-Israeli conflict. Daniel Lubetzky
Source: BrainyQuotes.

I think we need to have stronger antitrust enforcement. Ro Khanna
Source: BrainyQuotes.

I think we need to have stronger antitrust enforcement. Ro Khanna
Source: BrainyQuotes.


There’s no doubt we need stronger antitrust enforcement. We shouldn’t allow Amazon to privilege its own products on its platform, and we should make sure they’re not using sellers’ data, but the E.U. is not a model for America to copy. Ro Khanna
Source: BrainyQuotes.

The fruits of the economy and all the advantages of technology and globalization have gone far more to the investor class and the professional class and not as much to the working class. Partly because of the loss of labor unions, partly because of things like a lack of antitrust enforcement, policies that have privileged shareholder returns. Ro Khanna
Source: BrainyQuotes.

I’m just saying the producers and people who work on music are getting left out – that’s when it starts getting criminal. It’s like you’re working hard, and you’re not receiving. In any other business, people would be standing before Congress. They have antitrust laws against this kind of behavior. Jay-Z
Source: BrainyQuotes.

Who can complain about the price that Google is charging you? Or who can complain about Amazon’s prices; they are simply lower than the competition’s. And that’s why I think we need to shift back to a more Brandeisian conception of antitrust, where we consider values other than simply efficiency and low prices. Franklin Foer
Source: BrainyQuotes.

The Antitrust Division of the United States Department of Justice should take a long, hard look at the standard publishing contract. Thomas Hauser
Source: BrainyQuotes.

Under the Constitution, federal law trumps both state and city law. But antitrust law allows states some exceptional leeway to adopt anticompetitive business regulations, out of respect for states’ rights to regulate business. This federal respect for states’ rights does not extend to cities. Marvin Ammori
Source: BrainyQuotes.

Vigilant and effective antitrust enforcement today is preferable to the heavy hand of government regulation of the Internet tomorrow. Orrin Hatch
Source: BrainyQuotes.

Like other antitrust agencies we make our assessment of a merger or antitrust case based on its impact on our jurisdiction, and not on the nationality of the companies. This is exactly what the U.S. antitrust agencies, the Justice Department and the FTC, do. Mario Monti
Source: BrainyQuotes.

The antitrust litigation currently in the federal courts in the U.S. against Monsanto will be the test case in the life sciences, just as the Microsoft case was the test case in the information sciences. Jeremy Rifkin
Source: BrainyQuotes.

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The 10 largest antitrust law firms in the United States have gone into the federal courts charging Monsanto with creating a global conspiracy in violation of the antitrust laws, to control the global market in seeds. Jeremy Rifkin
Source: BrainyQuotes.

The testimony and the documentary evidence produced by the Government demonstrate that the Bell System had violated the antitrust laws in a number of ways over a lengthy period of time. Harold H. Greene
Source: BrainyQuotes.

Antitrust Quotes from GoodReads.

“Our dependency is at the heart of the commercial surveillance project, in which our felt needs for effective life vie against the inclination to resist its bold incursions. This conflict produces a psychic numbing that inures us to the realities of being tracked, parsed, mined, and modified. It disposes us to rationalize the situation in resigned cynicism, created excuses that operate like defense mechanisms (“I have nothing to hide”), or find other ways to stick our heads in the sand, choosing ignorance out of frustration and helplessness. In this way, surveillance capitalism imposes a fundamentally illegitimate choice that twenty-first century individuals should not have to make, and its normalization leaves us singing in our chains.”
― Shoshana Zuboff, The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power

“The question will arise and arise in your day, though perhaps not fully in mine: Which shall rule — wealth or man? Which shall lead — money or intellect? Who shall fill public stations — educated and patriotic freemen or the feudal serfs of corporate capital?”
― Edward G. Ryan

“Google, you fucking ripped off the iPhone, wholesale ripped us off. Grand theft. I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apple’s $40 billion in the bank, to right this wrong. I’m going to destroy Android, because it’s a stolen product. I’m willing to go thermonuclear war on this. They are scared to death, because they know they are guilty. Outside of Search, Google’s products—Android, Google Docs—are shit. [Steve Jobs]”
― Walter Isaacson, Steve Jobs

“Liberty produces wealth, and wealth destroys liberty.”
― Henry Demarest Lloyd, Wealth Against Commonwealth

“Economists have their glories, but i do not believe that antitrust law is one of them.”
― George Stigler






Danny Glover quote from the fascinating video documentary, Shadows of Liberty, you can stream it.



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Manufactured Housing Industry Investments Connected Closing Equities Tickers
Some of these firms invest in manufactured housing, or are otherwise connected, but may do other forms of investing or business activities too.

              • NOTE: The chart below includes the Canadian stock, ECN, which purchased Triad Financial Services, a manufactured home industry lender
              • NOTE: Drew changed its name and trading symbol at the end of 2016 to Lippert (LCII).



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Berkshire Hathaway is the parent company to Clayton Homes, 21st Mortgage, Vanderbilt Mortgage and other factory built housing industry suppliers.
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