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“Indies” are independents. Yuval Levin is a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) and is the author of A Time to Build. Levin, stated author Peter Savodnik via The Free Press, has “described two axes in American political life—one right-left, and the other insider-outsider. Traditionally, the party of the right has been the party of the inside—the establishment—and the left has fought for those on the outside—the poor, the disenfranchised.” But that more traditional view of U.S politics is being questioned by a growing number of individuals as well as experts and authors. Per left-leaning Fortune on 1.10.2024, “At the end of 2025…time runs out [on the Trump tax cuts]. Unless the federal government extends the cuts, the majority of Americans will see their taxes increase in 2026.” Yesterday, the right-leaning Wall Street Journal reported that: “Hertz said Thursday that it would sell about 20,000 EVs in the U.S., and use some of the proceeds to purchase internal-combustion-engine vehicles” under the headline: “After Big Tesla Bet, Hertz Selling One-Third of EV Fleet.” So, key parts of the respective agendas of leaders in both major parties hang in the balance of what will occur in about 11 months. That is because on Tuesday, 11.5.2024 is when the general election for the president, U.S. House, Senate and various states or local races are held. With that context, left-leaning New York Times columnist Thomas Edsall told Peter Savodnik that “Democrats are [the preferred party of the] elite, but they can’t say it.” 

Savodnik’s report in The Free Press explored in this report was picked up and amplified by the popular ZeroHedge financial news site.

The New York Times Edsall explained that it would be “political suicidefor Democrats to openly admit that they have become the favored party of the billionaires and corporate elites.

Which Levin’s, Edsall’s and others view of the claimed shift in the major parties begs several questions.

  • Such as: have the Democrats in fact become the party that the donor class and big corporate interests now prefers?
  • Or are Democrats still the party of the working class, middle class, and minorities?
  • Are Republicans becoming more the working class and populist party than the party of the Establishment elites?

Part I will probe those topics. Insights from those sources cited in Part I will frame Part II which examines Peter Savodnik’s “The Great Scramble” in more detail. about the millions of voters who are now politically homeless in Peter Savodnik’s piece “The Great Scramble” at♬ original sound – The Free Press

Part I

Per left-leaning Newsweek on 6.14.2023 — “A growing body of research shows wealthier Americans flocking to the Democratic Party. The working class, meanwhile, [among Democrats] has been forgotten.”

The Capital Research Center (CRC) and others has been making that point for years. For “And the stereotype falls apart when political contributions are examined: Democrats seem to come out ahead of Republicans in raising money” said CRC in a report dated 1.10.2017, which is over 7 years ago.

The left-leaning New York Times beat them to that topic in a 10.7.2015 article entitled: “How Did the Democrats Become Favorites of the Rich?”

Left-leaning (meaning, more pro-Democratic) Vox said in an article under the headline: Democrats are replacing Republicans as the preferred” party of the wealthy. “Rich America has become more diverse, more highly educated, and more concentrated in industries and places that tend to support Democrats,” (6.3.2016).

As a question on Quora said on 6.17.2023: “Why are most American billionaires Democrats?”

This trend has been previously documented by MHProNews and MHLivingNews several times over the years. This screen capture from 2022 is just one example of the evidence provided by MHProNews for that trend, with others dating back into the 2010s.  So, regular and detail-mined MHProNews/MHLivingNews readers have been quite aware of this trend. Democratic President Barack Obama, the Clintons (D), and Joe Biden (D) have become wealthy as a result of their political stances, connections and what some say is corrupt cronyism linked to big corporate interests that are sometimes dubbed the “Establishment,” “the top 1%,” a.k.a. “the donor class.”

With those points noted, it is useful to explore what writer Peter Savodnik said via The Free Press and ZeroHedge. Per his website: “Peter covers politics for [left-leaning] Vanity Fair.” His website lists other left-leaning publishers: “Savodnik’s writing has appeared in Harper’s, Time, the New York Times, the Atlantic Monthly…” Meaning, a man of the left, often reporting and engaging in opinion pieces via several left-leaning publications is laying out evidence and points about trend that others on the left, center, and right have been saying for some years. In a recent X-post (former Twitter), pointed out how Senator John Fetterman (PA-D) polling improved when he dissed his own party.

Savodnik reposted the following.


When Savodnik recently X-posted that: “If the Democratic Party were a serious party, there would be a robust and wide-ranging primary underway, and the congressman from Minnesota would be crushing it,” he was essentially making a similar point as lifelong Democrat Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has.







Kennedy launched his campaign saying his candidacy for the Democratic Party nomination for president aimed to end the corrupt merger of state and corporate power threatening a new feudalism in the U.S.A.

The following inquiry was asked of Bing’s AI powered Copilot. Note the response.

>> “Yuval Levin senior fellow at American Enterprise Institute (AEI) is the author of A Time to Build It is said that it argues that Republicans are more the anti-establishment party and the party of the working and middle class, is that correct? While it is obvious that the Establishment or Donor Class financial elites are still giving to Republicans, they have per Open Secrets and other sources given far more money to Democrats than Republicans, correct? What light can you cast on that discussion?”


With those facts, evidence, and notions in mind, some pull quotes from Savodnik now have a proper foundation.

Per Open Secrets, the following.

What party did donors giving more than $200 favor in the 2020 cycle?

How many donors have given over $2,800 (the maximum allowed contribution to a single candidate) in contributions in the 2020 cycle?

“Looking at overall spending in the 2020 election cycle, Democrats are actually ahead of Republicans, with 67 percent of all candidate, party and outside money having been spent on Democratic causes.” That’s per Statista.

BingCopilotAI-Screen1.3.2024MHLivingNewsIn 2020, Democratic causes received the highest amount of funding from Political Action Committees (PACs) with 67% of all candidate, party and outside money being spent on Democratic causes 1The Democratic Party also leads the list of non-party committees, with just one Republican PAC – America First – making the top 8 1.

The collage above is how the WND home page appeared on 1.31.2023, sans the MHProNews third-party content logo and screen capture statement. Note: depending on your browser or device, many images in this report and others on MHProNews can be clicked to expand. Click the image and follow the prompts. For example, in some browsers/devices you click the image and select ‘open in a new window.’ After clicking that selection you click the image in the open window to expand the image to a larger size. To return to this page, use your back key, escape or follow the prompts.

In response to follow up questions, Bing provided the following additional insight, which doesn’t appear to be counted towards either PAC or political party donations, even though it reportedly benefited Biden and Democrats in 2020.

BingCopilotAI-Screen1.3.2024MHLivingNewsMark Zuckerberg donated $419.5 million to the Center for Technology and Civic Life (CTCL) and the Center for Election Innovation and Research (CEIR) during the 2020 election cycle 1The CTCL and CEIR are non-profit organizations that provide funding to local governments for election administration 1The funds were used to finance the infiltration of election offices at the city and county level by left-wing activists and using those offices as a platform to implement preferred administrative practices, voting methods and data-sharing agreements, as well as to launch intensive outreach campaigns in areas heavy with Democratic voters 1.

It is important to note that the donations did not directly go to either major party 1However, according to an analysis conducted by a team, the money significantly increased Joe Biden’s vote margin in key swing states 1The report also alleges that the spending likely put Joe Biden over the top in places like Georgia and Arizona 1.”

As part of a reply to a follow up, Bing Copilot noted the following.

BingCopilotAI-Screen1.3.2024MHLivingNews…It is important to note that the donations made by Mark Zuckerberg to the Center for Technology and Civic Life (CTCL) and the Center for Election Innovation and Research (CEIR) during the 2020 election cycle were not directly counted as donations toward a PAC or either major party 2…”  Copilot also said: “I am not sure about the exact number of mega donations that were reported in the 2020 election cycle that were not part of a PAC or direct political donation.” So, while Mark Zuckerberg’s mega donation of some $419.5 million is over and above the donations reported to PACs or candidates, it is also possible that similar contributions occurred that have not made the same stir in media.

But summing up what the above outline reflects are the following. As several sources, such as AEI’s Levin have said, the known facts and evidence supports the point that Democrats have in numerous measurable ways become the preferred party of the “Establishment” and financial elites. Republicans have become more the “antiestablishment” party, and the party of the working and middle classes. Democrats still posture being in favor of minorities, but have apparently abandoned that in practice, favoring the donor class or the Establishment over their base of voters.

But Democratic leaders can’t admit that openly, because as the left-leaning New York Times Edsall explained that it would be “political suicidefor Democrats to openly admit that they have become the favored party of the billionaires and corporate elites.

Part II – Peter Savodnik Explores What He Called “The Great Scramble” Democrats and Republicans have switched sides—and nearly half of voters now call themselves independent.”

Savodnik begins with the ‘story’ of Shelle Lichti, a lesbian woman who voted for Donald Trump in 2016. After sharing some of her story as a trucker who shocked Democratic friends by supporting Trump, Savodnik said this.

QuoteMarksLeftSideIt wasn’t just Lichti who was struggling. It seemed to her like the country was falling apart. “A lot of roadside motels and hotels look like crack houses,” she said. “Not enough people coming through.” On top of that, she said, Main Streets everywhere had been devoured by Walmart, Costco, Amazon. “The billboards on Route 66”—the 2,500-mile highway connecting Chicago and Los Angeles—“are mostly gone.”  But Savodnik said by 2020, “Lichti voted for [Democrat] Joe Biden.”

QuoteMarksLeftSideMore than three years later, she doesn’t know what to believe. She says she feels unmoored. She considers Biden a “seat-filler.” She doesn’t care for Democrats. She kind of cares about climate change, and she’s pro-choice, and she’s heartbroken about the people dying in Ukraine and Gaza, but she doesn’t think it’s America’s problem, and she can’t stand the kids in the LGBTQ+ movement with their “20 zillion acronyms.”

QuoteMarksLeftSideShelle Lichti is hardly alone.

Nearly half of Americans now identify as independent—not necessarily because they’re centrists, or moderates, but because neither party reflects their views.”

That link goes to an article on Axios dated 4.17.2023 that said in part: “Gallup polling last month found that a record 49% of Americans see themselves as politically independent — the same as the two major parties put together.

  • By far the dominant U.S. party isn’t Democrats or Republicans. It’s: “I’ll shop around, thank you.””

Jumping ahead, Savodnik said this.

QuoteMarksLeftSideThat’s because, over the past several decades, the parties have switched places, leaving tens of millions of voters unsure about what they stand for or where they belong, Yuval Levin, a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and the author of A Time to Build, about reviving the American Dream, told me.

Levin described two axes in American political life—one right-left, and the other insider-outsider. Traditionally, the party of the right has been the party of the inside—the establishment—and the left has fought for those on the outside—the poor, the disenfranchised.

“But in the twenty-first century, they’ve switched sides,” he said. “Democrats are the elites, and Republicans feel like they’re fighting the establishment.”

“One way to think about it, said Michael Lind, author of The New Class War: Saving Democracy from the Managerial Elite, was geographic: “From Lincoln to Reagan, New England, the Upper Midwest and the Great Lakes, and the western states were the Republicans, and now they’re the Democrats—while the interior was all the Democrats, and now they’re the Republicans.”

Savodnik is making a pitch for what he is calling a big switch. But a different way to look at what he is saying is that the billionaires, big corporate, big media, big tech, “elites,” “Establishment” or “donor class” are supporting Democrats over Republicans.  MHProNews and MHLivingNews have on occasion reported on aspects of that trend approaching a decade ago. One example is shown below.

The Democrats are not the same party that they used to be. Neither are the Republicans. Democrats have tilted socialist, and many say so openly.


Returning to Savodnik’s narrative.

QuoteMarksLeftSideThis switch has “created a huge amount of confusion, because it’s happened without either party recognizing it,” Levin added. “Republicans have gotten pretty comfortable with it, while Democrats are very uncomfortable being the insider party.”

That’s because it’s “political suicide” to acknowledge you’re the party of the elite, Thomas Edsall, a New York Times columnist who has reported on national politics for a half-century, told me. 

“Democrats are elite, but they can’t say it,” Edsall said.

Consider that, in 2016, the median home price of a Hillary Clinton voter was $640,000, while that of a Trump voter was $474,000. In 2018, Democrats took control of the 10 wealthiest congressional districts in the country—all of them on the coasts, mostly in New York and California. Of the top 50, they held 41. 

And, increasingly, Democrats recruit their future leaders—their ideas—from a handful of universities that cater to the American elite.

From 2004 to 2016, 20 percent of all Democratic campaign staffers came from seven universities: Harvard, Stanford, New York University, Berkeley, Georgetown, Columbia, and Yale. By contrast, the University of Texas, Austin; Ohio State University; and University of Wisconsin–Madison provided the most Republican staffers.

The reasons for the Great Scramble are legion and stretch back decades, if not longer: the breakup of the Democrats’ New Deal coalition, the end of the Cold War, globalization, the internet, the decline of organized religion and the two-parent family, the forever wars, the opioid and fentanyl crises. 

“Things are definitely in flux,” Michael Lind said.”

Again, MHProNews has pointed that out in numbers of articles with a historic context. Two recent reports are as linked below.




Note that in posting this X-post from Elon Musk, it should not be presumed that MHProNews necessarily trusts his supposed pivot to the right. Musk, for example, still has deep ties with business interests in Communist China.

With respect to our industry, has the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) unpacked these issues in known posted remarks?

Per Bing Copilot: “…I could not find any specific remarks made by the MHI regarding the issue you mentioned.” In a follow up Q&A, that same source said: “I also searched for any reports on the issue by MHInsider and, but I could not find any relevant information.”

Added Insights, Summary and Conclusion

Quora has questions that reflect what appears to be similar questions about this shift in U.S. politics that was certainly underway during the campaign of New Democrat William  Jefferson “Bill” Clinton. Consider these inquiries to Quora.

  • What compels very rich people like Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, and Larry Ellison to support the Democratic Party?
  • Most billionaires like Bill Gates, Warren Buffet are progressive democrats, yet why do the Democrats call Republicans the rich peoples’ party?
  • If Republicans are so good for the economy, how come Bill Gates and Warren Buffet are Democrats? Why is Wall Street solidly Democratic?

The questions, not necessarily the answers, are what is of interest. Recall that MHProNews has indicated through fact- and evidence-based reports that the so-called philanthropy of the billionaire-class is more properly understood as philanthro-feudalism, philanthro-capitalism, or the charitable industrial complex. Who says? Among other sources, Warren Buffett’s son Peter Buffett. Also, the left-leaning Institute for Policy Studies (IPS), which at one point featured the MHProNews news-analysis of the topic.


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The truth is hiding in plain sight. But it is obscured, as the full version of the award-winning docudrama Shadows of Liberty with its annotated transcript illustrated. It is at times censored and throttled by big tech, sometimes in collusion with big government. Why is it obscured? Because, as billionaire Nick Hanauer wrote and repeatedly said, he and his fellow oligarchs and plutocrats could find themselves at the business end of “pitchfork economics.”  So, the evidence-based case can be made that by posturing being one thing, but actually behaving in a different manner, the billionaire/donor class/Establishment and their beneficiaries (mostly Democrats, but including certain Republicans too) get a kind of halo effect. It is only the closer look at the details, as provided by reports like this one and those referenced and linked from it, that allows millions to see a view that is more authentic.


Cited in 1.3.2023:


With these understandings, is it any surprise that reporters like Whitney Webb, Glenn Greenwald, or Naomi Wolf have pointed the finger at the rise of more authoritarianism in the U.S.?








Those voices linked above are routinely from the political left, pointing out problems among others on the left. But as the right-leaning Heartland Institute’s Justin Haskins said, Corporations are moving to the left…is all about money and power-and these days, there’s plenty of both available for ruling class elites to get their fill.”


To see this remark in context, the featured report further below.


Historian Hanne Herland has been spotlighting this trend for some time, see insights into her research and that of others linked here, previously above, and in more detail below.


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“Looking at overall spending in the 2020 election cycle, Democrats are actually ahead of Republicans, with 67 percent of all candidate, party and outside money having been spent on Democratic causes.” So said Statista, as was previously cited above. That fits the thesis of the headline and sources cited. Not as an endorsement of Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s candidacy, but noting his campaign theme and how it applies: RFK Jr. is calling for an end to the corrupt merger of state and corporate power threatening a new feudalism in the U.S.A.  (see Kennedy’s arguments and analysis in those reports linked above).

So, as Greenwald noted, there is an argument to be made that it is no longer just about left vs. right. It is more about the pro-establishment vs. the antiestablishment.

That is in evidence in our profession. It is also in evidence in the broader political, social, economic and religious landscape too.  Understanding precedes sound action, which can include insights seen in the Sam Bankman-Fried (SBF) report above. As elections are looming, see the related reports to learn more.  Don’t feed the hands that bite yours. ##


Part III – is our Daily Business News on MHProNews stock market recap which features our business-daily at-a-glance update of over 2 dozen manufactured housing industry stocks.

This segment of the Daily Business News on MHProNews is the recap of yesterday evening’s market report, so that investors can see at glance the type of topics may have influenced other investors. Thus, our format includes our signature left (CNN Business) and right (Newsmax) ‘market moving’ headlines.

The macro market move graphics below provide context and comparisons for those invested in or tracking manufactured housing connected equities. Meaning, you can see ‘at a glance’ how manufactured housing connected firms do compared to other segments of the broader equities market.

In minutes a day readers can get a good sense of significant or major events while keeping up with the trends that are impacting manufactured housing connected investing.

Reminder: several of the graphics on MHProNews can be opened into a larger size. For instance: click the image and follow the prompts in your browser or device to OPEN In a New Window. Then, in several browsers/devices you can click the image and increase the size. Use the ‘x out’ (close window) escape or back key to return.

Headlines from left-of-center CNN Business – from 1.11.2024

  • ESPN returns Emmys and disciplines staff after submitting for awards under fake names
  • Memorial Church on the Harvard University campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts, US, on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2023. The presidents of Harvard University and MIT have been under scrutiny amid furor over their remarks to Congress about antisemitism on campus.
  • Bipartisan bill aims to fight antisemitism on campus by fortifying civil rights complaint system
  • Sherrod Brown speaks during a Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee oversight hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, in 2022.
  • Senators call on federal regulators to review Navy Federal over mortgage approval disparities, citing CNN investigation
  • PORTLAND, OREGON – JANUARY 7: In this National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) handout, an opening is seen in the fuselage of Alaska Airlines Flight 1282 Boeing 737-9 MAX on January 7, 2024 in Portland, Oregon. A door-sized section near the rear of the Boeing 737-9 MAX plane blew off 10 minutes after Alaska Airlines Flight 1282 took off from Portland, Oregon on January 5 on its way to Ontario, California.
  • FAA opens investigation into Boeing quality control after Alaska Airlines incident
  • A man photographs a Hertz Tesla electric vehicle displayed during the Hertz Corporation IPO at
  • Hertz is selling 20,000 electric vehicles to buy gasoline cars instead
  • Produce at an Albertsons Cos. brand Safeway grocery store in Scottsdale, Arizona, US, on Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2024. Albertsons Cos. is scheduled to release earnings figures on January 9. Photographer: Ash Ponders/Bloomberg via Getty Images
  • What’s getting more expensive — and cheaper — at the grocery store
  • USA, Florida, Miami, Aerial view of suburban neighborhood in summer
  • Mortgage rates inch up for the second week in a row, landing at 6.66%
  • Bitcoin cryptocurrency background. A bunch of golden bitcoin, Digital currency
  • You can now invest in bitcoin ETFs. But should you?
  • MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA – MAY 15: Google Headquarters is seen in Mountain View, California, United States on May 15, 2023.
  • A demonstartion of the PalmPlug, which offers visual cues illuminating the wearer’s interactions by precisely tracking hand and fingers every movement is seen during the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) Unveiled on January 7, 2024, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
  • From transparent TVs to ChatGPT-powered companions, here’s some of the buzziest tech of CES 2024
  • Iran seizes oil tanker in Gulf of Oman
  • Inflation is down sharply, but getting to exactly 2% will be tough
  • America’s final inflation report for 2023 just came in
  • The last Sears in the New York area is closing. Just over a dozen remain in America
  • Aviation experts raise questions about 737 Max ‘door plug’ design
  • Snapchat to let parents decide whether their teens can use the app’s AI chatbot
  • How the Red Sea crisis could clobber the global economy
  • China, debt and Disney: Three economic themes that will dominate the Republican primaries
  • EU court should uphold Google’s $2.7 billion antitrust fine, top adviser says
  • Former Chinese central banker accused of taking massive bribes admits ‘huge mistake’
  • Aaron Rodgers is off ESPN’s ‘Pat McAfee Show’ for the season after ugly remarks about Jimmy Kimmel, conspiracy theories
  • Amazon will cut hundreds of jobs, including at game streaming firm Twitch
  • Media executives urge Congress to enact legislation to prevent AI models from training on ‘stolen goods’


In instances such as Apollo, Berkshire Hathaway, Blackstone or others, manufactured housing may only be part of their corporate interests. Note: depending on your browser or device, many images in this report and others on MHProNews can be clicked to expand. Click the image and follow the prompts. For example, in some browsers/devices you click the image and select ‘open in a new window.’ After clicking that selection you click the image in the open window to expand the image to a larger size. To return to this page, use your back key, escape or follow the prompts.
Notice: MHProNews invites the firms named in these reports to respond to any concerns about possibly inaccurate information via email that identifies the concern and offers evidence that sheds a different light on the topic discussed. That said, neither publicly MHI nor by email have MHI and their ‘insider brands’ done so. They’ve been repeatedly invited to do so, including an outreach on Dec 7, 2o23.





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