Scandalous! Charges Dropped v Peter Flaherty, Shareholder in Warren Buffett led Berkshire Hathaway who Cited Bill Gates-Jeffrey Epstein Links-Questioned Nonprofit Donations; plus MHMarkets Update

ScanadlousChargesDroppedvPeterFlahertyShareholderInWarrenBuffettBerkshireHathawayWhoCitedBil GatesJeffreyEpsteinLinksQuestionedNonprofitDonationsPlusMHMarketsUpdateMHProNewsThe charges have been dropped against Peter Flaherty, Chairman of the National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC), per the report via the WND News Center provided to MHProNews. In reaction, Flaherty said the following. “As far as I know, the arrest of a shareholder during a proposal presentation has never before occurred at the annual meeting of a public company in the United States. Shareholder activists of the past such as Wilma Soss (the basis for the Carol Burnett “cleaning lady” character) and Evelyn Y. Davis often challenged and certainly annoyed CEOs, but their microphones were never cut and they were certainly never arrested. I have spoken at the annual meetings of dozens of public companies over the past 19 years. My demeanor at the Berkshire [Hathaway annual] meeting was no different from any other. There was no reason to throw me out except that I came too close to the truth.” That “truth” was what Flaherty proposed that Berkshire shareholders should strip Chairman Warren Buffett of some of his corporate power, and he tried to explain why.  Note that Evelyn Y. Davis, per the NY Times, “spent more than 50 years haranguing American executives at shareholder meetings as she pushed companies to be more frugal and transparent…” Davis’ tombstone has the words “Queen of the Corporate Jungle” etched into it. A post about Davis cites this quotation: “Power is greater than love, and I did not get where I am by standing in line nor by being shy.” Forbes said that Wilma Soss is “The Woman Who Changed Wall Street Forever.” In the description about the book about Soss entitled Fearless, Amazon said: “Shareholder activist Wilma Soss rocketed to fame in the 1950s fighting for the rights of the individual investor. But over the years, her legacy was almost forgotten.” Those insights shed light on Flaherty’s remarks and his methods, as well as on what appeared to be a raw exercise of corporate power in the face of an activist protest against Buffett.

But Flaherty did more than just make a public statement.

As MHProNews previously reported on the arrest of Flaherty during the May 2023 Berkshire annual meeting which featured the related insights from complaints filed with the Securities and Exchanges Commission (SEC) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in the report with analysis explored at the link below. So, words were matched with actions too.


National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC) Moves on Warren Buffett-Berkshire Hathaway at SEC and Two Leftwing ‘Disinformation’ Nonprofits with Complaints at IRS; plus MHVille Markets Update

  • Part I of today’s report will be the entire WND News Center item on Flaherty, originally published by the Daily Signal.
  • Part II is additional information with more MHProNews analysis and commentary in brief.
  • Part III is our Daily Business News on MHProNews MHVille – the once far greater manufactured housing industry – and the MH Industry’s connected stocks and macro-U.S. equities market updates. They include our time-saving and insights-at-a-glance from left and right leaning headlines from rivals CNN and Newsmax.


Part I



Charges dropped for shareholder in Buffett’s company who cited Bill Gates’ link to Epstein

‘I never should have been arrested’

By WND News Services

Published May 24, 2023 at 1:25pm

[Editor’s note: This story originally was published by The Daily Signal.]

By Fred Lucas
The Daily Signal

Nebraska prosecutors have dropped charges against a shareholder activist who was arrested after bringing up Berkshire Hathaway Inc. CEO Warren Buffett’s donations to a nonprofit run by Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates.

Peter Flaherty, chairman of the National Legal and Policy Center, a government and corporate watchdog, attended a Berkshire Hathaway shareholder meeting in early May and spoke in favor of a resolution that said Buffett should not be both the chairman of the board as well as CEO of the Omaha, Nebraska-based company.

Flaherty talked about Buffett’s contributions to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and noted Gates’ reported travel with a convicted sex offender, financier Jeffrey Epstein.

After doing so, Flaherty’s microphone was cut and he was escorted out, then arrested. He paid $2,500 bail.

The Omaha City Attorney’s Office dropped the charges Friday, just before a trial set for Monday.

“The trespassing charge has been dropped, but I never should have been arrested,” Flaherty told supporters of the National Legal and Policy Center in an email. “Nor should I have been handcuffed, fingerprinted, brought to jail, and detained for three hours.”

In the email, Flaherty added:

As far as I know, the arrest of a shareholder during a proposal presentation has never before occurred at the annual meeting of a public company in the United States. Shareholder activists of the past such as Wilma Soss (the basis for the Carol Burnett “cleaning lady” character) and Evelyn Y. Davis often challenged and certainly annoyed CEOs, but their microphones were never cut and they were certainly never arrested.

I have spoken at the annual meetings of dozens of public companies over the past 19 years. My demeanor at the Berkshire meeting was no different from any other. There was no reason to throw me out except that I came too close to the truth.

Over the weekend, The Wall Street Journal reported on new evidence that Epstein, before his 2019 death in jail, appeared to be blackmailing Gates.

“Additional revelations about Bill Gates and Jeffrey Epstein since the meeting confirm the importance of the issue I sought to raise, namely the reputational risk to Berkshire Hathaway by having one individual hold both the chairman and CEO positions, especially if that person is so closely identified with particular causes, like the ‘woke’ Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation,” Flaherty wrote, adding:

The whole point of the shareholder proposal process is to allow shareholders critical of management an avenue to change corporate policy. To simply silence and arrest a shareholder who disagrees with management stands the whole concept of having public shareholders on its head. If Warren Buffett thinks that since he owns 15% of Berkshire shares, that he can act with impunity, he is mistaken.

Berkshire Hathaway did not immediately respond to an inquiry Tuesday from The Daily Signal.

[WND’s Editor’s note: This story originally was published by The Daily Signal.] These reports are produced by another news agency, and the editors of WND believe you’ll find it of interest. ##


Part II – Additional Information with More MHProNews Analysis and Commentary in Brief

MHProNews reached out to Berkshire Hathaway (BRK) media relations for comment or reaction to the above. Some 18 hours later, Berkshire did not respond to the electronic request by their media relations team for remarks.

As longtime and detail minded MHProNews readers know, Gates, Buffett and Berkshire vice chairman Charlie Munger have had several controversies over the years. Some have clearly involved manufactured housing. They include the battle by Berkshire for the acquisition of Clayton Homes, which Kevin Clayton called “ugly.” Jennifer Reingold writing for Fast Company in an article entitled the “Ballad of Clayton Homes” provides a very different set of insights than the ‘official’ version of the “ugly” Clayton buyout offered by Kevin and Jim.

But that was just the start of years of concerns since Berkshire acquired Clayton Homes and the lending provided by their Berkshire owned sister-brands, 21st Mortgage Corporation and Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance (VMF).  For example, Austin Frerick’s tweets below are among several sources that have publicly slammed Buffett, Clayton, and their affiliated lending.





The above and related were featured in an NBC affiliate’s video report linked below, a still relevant flashback to October 9, 2018.


NBC Video – Federal Authorities Investigating Clayton Homes, Maxine Waters Denounces Lending “Discrimination” Against Minorities


There are pages of example of reports from mainstream media, public officials, or other nonprofits researchers that span the left-center-right media and political spectrums which leveled critiques of Buffett on various issues.  So those made by the National Legal and Policy Center’s (NLPC) Chairman Flaherty are hardly alone.

Among the most read reports of all time on MHProNews was the following evidence-based and ‘scandalous’ one.


Dark Money-Billionaires Buffett, Gates, Soros Funding Black Lives Matter, Antifa – Named by AG Barr in Riots, Looting – Hijacking Peaceful George Floyd Death Racial Justice Protests


More to the specific concerns raised by NLPC Chairman Flaherty about Gates, the Buffett-Gates backed Gates Foundation, and Jeffrey Epstein are the following flashbacks covered by MHProNews.  But note that such evidence-based concerns have been widely ignored by others in MHVille trade media. Those bloggers and trade publishers routinely align with the Berkshire dominated Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI).


Arrest, Indictment of Ghislaine Maxwell, Jeffrey Epstein “Madam,” Returns Bill Gates–Warren Buffett, Gates Foundation, Donald Trump, Bill Clinton, Others – to Sexual Predator’s Spotlight

‘Partners in Crime’-50 Groups Target Warren Buffett Ally Bill Gates ‘Part of Creating the Very Problem You Name’-Want NY Times, AP, Media to Report Evidence; plus MHVille REITs, Stocks Update

“Dark Secrets” – Warren Buffett, Racism, Eugenics, Infidelity, Ghislaine Maxwell’s Father Robert Maxwell, Bill Gates, Gates Foundation; plus, Manufactured Housing Stock, Investing Updates


To put it politely, Flaherty’s point about Buffett, Gates and what they call “charity” – when unveiled and carefully examined – reveal something quite different than the folksy or intelligent sounding remarks by Buffett and his ally Gates.  They point to what some call philanthro-feudalism, philanthro-capitalism, or the charitable-industrial complex, as was examined in the detailed report below.  The Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) featured and linked the following on their website.


IPS GILDED GIVING 2022-‘Wealth Inequality Distorts Philanthropy Imperils Democracy’ Reports Finger Warren Buffett, Bill Gates, More Philanthro-Feudalism Linked Billionaires; plus MHVille REITs, Stocks Update


The threat to not only smaller independent businesses, but also to employees, retirees, and everyday Americans is difficult to underestimate, if Joel Kotkin’s evidence-based contentions are considered. Former left-leaning Washington Post writer Kotkin has taken to the university campus and publishing reports like the one unpacked below.




The purportedly racist, tales of infidelity, and scandalous support for causes that when examined about Buffett and his supported causes are oddly ignored by MHI and others in the balance of what passes for MHVille trade media.

You can’t make a good deal with a bad person,” recalls Mary Buffett, wife of Warren Buffett’s son Peter Buffett quoting daddy Warren. There are reams of scandals, as these select illustrations in the context of corporate and governmental watchdog Flaherty’s arrest and release has brought back into focus.

About Buffett’s wife leaving him? Susan leaving “was preventable,” Buffett told author, Alice Schroeder. It was definitely 95% my fault…”


“Partner in Crime” “Get Access” “Gain Trust” v “Scapegoating” – Maxwell Trial Begins – Bill Gates, Leon Black, Clinton, More Big Names Could Shakeup Big Biz, Politics & MHVille – Plus, MHMarket Updates

“One Nation Under Blackmail,” Intelligence, Crime, & Jeffrey Epstein Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. Investigative Journalist Whitney Webb on ‘Deliberate Coverup’ of Bill Gates-Jeffrey Epstein Relationship, plus Market Updates


As a relevant segue, bootlicking and brownnosing bloggers and trade publishers who are members of – and are apparently routinely aligned with – the  Berkshire-Clayton dominated Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) have avoided mentioning, much less reporting on, numerous such controversies. They have tentacles to others connected with the manufactured housing industry.


Manufactured Home Production, Shipments Rise September 2020, HUD Manufactured Housing Data, Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform Statement, plus Weaponized Agenda-Driven News


As this sampling of previously published articles that provide still relevant historic context to the concerns NLPC’s Flaherty raised, it is useful to note that these concerns come from a broad spectrum of sources.

Reports from the left, center, and right are found in articles by reporters, from researchers, public officials, and books which have been devoted to the topics arguably related to what watchdog Flaherty has made.  While MHProNews has brought these to the attention of manufactured home industry readers, others in MHVille heap questionable praise on those who when more carefully examined may not legally or morally merit accolades at all.


KevinClaytonVideoInterviewTranscriptHistoric ClaimsClaytonsCallDoubleProductionIlluminesDecadesManufacturedHousingIndustryUnderperformancePlusMHVilleStocksUpdateMHProNews

Berkshire Bank’s Raymond Leech Says “Stunning Development” – Tim Williams-21st Mortgage Corp (BRK), DTS, FHFA, GSEs, Zoning, Manufactured Housing Enhanced Preemption-MHIA; plus MHMarkets Update


Given the candidacy for the Democratic Presidential Nomination of Robert F. Kennedy Jr., J.D., who has taken on Buffett ally Bill Gates by name several times, these sorts of vexing issues involving some of the dominating forces in manufactured housing are likely to continue to bubble up.

Despite Buffett’s paradoxical warning: You can’t make a good deal with a bad person,” too many in the industry fawn over those who are in several ways are apparently quite scandalous.

As another related segue, a book by Vandana Shiva, whom R.F. Kennedy Jr. has referred to, gives a greater sense of the kinds of controversies that voices like Flaherty have in mind. Note that while Kennedy is mocked by some on the left, he is a successful attorney and has led a nonprofit that has earned a positive reputation among numbers across the political spectrum, even though it tends to lean left. These flashback reports are still relevant and are likely to continue to be so for years to come.



“Man Obsessed With Monopoly Control” – “Bill Gates and Neo-Feudalism, A Closer Look at Farmer Bill” – Largest U.S. Landowner & Gates Foundation – Robert Kennedy Jr.


With that backdrop, the book pitch and endorsements on the Synergetic Press website of Kennedy ally Shiva’s book that follows names Gates and his methods. Note how closely these concerns echo what Flaherty, or MHProNews/MHLivingNews, have reported on regarding such issues.

QuoteMarksLeftSidePhilanthrocapitalism and the Erosion of Democracy: A Global Citizens’ Report on the Corporate Control of Technology, Health, and Agriculture

Edited by Vandana Shiva

Foreword by David Orr

Philanthrocapitalism and the Erosion of Democracy: A Global Citizens’ Report on the Corporate Control of Technology, Health, and Agriculture details how global philanthrocapitalists like Bill and Melinda Gates and affiliated entities work to monopolize and privatize sectors of land use, food production, and public health on a global scale.

This anthology calls to account problematic initiatives that serve to corrode the integrity of democratic institutions, often under a banner of future-oriented innovation. This book lays bare the destructive power of overly capitalistic systems that enable mass human suffering and environmental catastrophe via the entanglement of private investment and public policy.

“Vandana Shiva is one of the great minds and truth tellers of our time. This book is a chilling and meticulously documented expose of the reckless and ultimately devastatingly dangerous use of philanthropy by a likely well intentioned technophile capitalist clueless about the needs of living people and the living Earth. A must-read warning for anyone concerned about justice, Earth, and the human future.” 一 David Korten, Author of When Corporations Rule the World; The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community; and Change the Story, Change the Future: A Living Economy for a Living Earth.

“In Philanthrocapitalism and the Erosion of Democracy, Dr. Shiva has once again laid bare the emerging threats to our democracy and living planet. Shiva states a compelling case that the digital barons are the new landlords, wielding their unregulated wealth and evading democracy in an attempted takeover of global agriculture. Authoritative contributors further elucidate the dangers of genetic theft, protraction of the Green Revolution legacy, and terrifyingly bold genetic extinction technologies. The reader is left mortified and fully convinced that “Land Back” to Indigenous communities and a return to agroecology is the path to a livable future on planet earth.” 一 Leah Penniman, Co-Founder of Soul Fire Farm, author of Farming While Black  ##


So Flaherty, and others like him, that are willing to expose evidence-based concerns and make the effort to do something about them. These are immensely relevant to the murky waters that engulf several aspects of our society, including the lack of affordable housing. When Buffett, Gates, Berkshire, and their nonprofit interests clearly could make a tremendous difference for the good — IF they wanted to do so. But they are apparently more concerned with posturing being ‘do gooders’ while friendly media kiss their seemingly smelly, filthy wealthy behinds. Their dumps are hardly perfumed.

This massive disconnect between an apparently manufactured image vs. the sobering truth are examples of how waves of propaganda and the “illusory effect” – mentioned shortly below – operate openly in the U.S.A. today.

The problems facing manufactured housing have certain parallels in other parts of the U.S. economy. Who says? In a de facto fashion, the Biden White House and their arguments for acting against consolidation. Keep in mind that Buffett-Gates and other American oligarchs paid big bucks and wielded influence to get Biden into the White House.


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So, as that report linked above and otherwise outlined herein illustrates, what follows below is a still timely 500-word op-ed to WND News Center about two years.

The solution to Big Tech and the oligarchs

Readers offer views on government regulation, vote fraud, cultural division

By Email to the Editor
Published May 11, 2021 at 7:16pm

Anyone who thinks Big Tech will be reined in by regulations has not been paying close attention. The following cases exposed years of documented corporate, regulatory and accounting failures. They spotlight massive corruption and mainstream media misses.

  • Enron
    · Theranos
    · WorldCom
    · VW “Diesel-Gate”
    · Solyndra
    · Bernard “Bernie” Madoff
    · WeWork
    · Lehman Brothers
    · Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac (Government Sponsored Enterprises/GSEs).

Collectively, that list involved hundreds of billions of dollars in losses by investors. Various types of fraud, corruption and deception occurred. Because taxpayers and the broader economy were impacted by Lehman Brothers and GSEs housing-finance scandals, those cost Americans trillions of dollars.

John Kenneth Galbraith said: “Regulatory bodies, like the people who comprise them … become, with some exceptions, either an arm of the industry they are regulating or senile.” Bingo.

Modern robber barons are dominating information and capitalCold Fusion’s documentary about the Theranos’ scandal observed: “It’s the illusionary effect where if you repeat a lie enough times people start to believe it, especially if you have credible names surrounding the product.”

Problematic products are from corrupt companies.

Theranos’ Elizabeth Holmes is shown with then Vice President Joe Biden and President Barack Obama. In the massive Enron scandal, Ken Lay and Jeff Skilling are shown with then President George W. Bush (R). Those establishment politicians are sufficient to make the point of the “illusionary effect” of “repeating a big lie enough times” when “credible names” are involved.

Harry Markopolos and his colleagues spent years trying to get public officials and mainstream media to expose the massive Bernie Madoff fraud they knew existed. Forbes says Madoff losses may have exceeded $50 billion.

Other regulatory failures are hiding in plain sight. The New York Times quoted Warren Buffett: “There’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning.”

Buffett’s “class” profited wildly in the 2008 and 2020 economic upheavals. How? CNBC quoted billionaire Bill Gates: “I didn’t even want to meet Warren because I thought, ‘Hey this guy buys and sells things, and so he found imperfections in terms of markets, that’s not value added to society, that’s a zero-sum game that is almost parasitic.'”

The CDC defines parasitic: “A parasite is an organism that lives on or in a host organism and gets its food from or at the expense of its host.”

Buffett said, “The most important thing for me is figuring out how big a moat there is around a business. What I would love, of course, is a big castle and a big moat with piranhas and crocodiles.”

When carefully examined, these oligarchs and their businesses employ “parasitic” “moat” and “sabotage monopoly” methods. They create a slow-motion monopoly of various markets. Experts like James Schmitz say monopolies “inflict great harm on low- and middle-income Americans.”

The solution? Enforce existing laws. Break these pernicious giants up. They cause social, economic and moral harm. Once broken up, watch the economy and America soar.

L. A. “Tony” Kovach ##


That pattern is hiding in plain sight.

While mainstream media have reported those stories cited in that 500 word op-ed, what most in mainstream media have not done is mention each of those controversies named in the same article. Doing so would illustrate how problematic the ‘regulatory’ regime in the U.S. is and has been for some years. That pithy op-ed author Kovach, of course, is this writer.  Since that was written, Theranos officials have been convicted. New scandals have emerged, such as the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank, FTX and the indictment of controversial billionaire Sam Bankman Fried (SBF). There is thus plenty of evidence for the periodically referenced and perennially apt quotation below.




From the political right is the voice of multiple award-winning journalist-turned WMAL and Newsmax pundit Chris Plante. Plante worked for CNN for some 17 years. He has been hammering away in recent weeks on the theme of the corrupt merger of corporate and governmental power, which he often illustrates in how that plays out in much of the left-leaning mainstream media.  Plante has cited the “expert” on the subject of the merger of corporate and government power, the socialist Italian politico Benito Mussolini, saying that what is emerging in the U.S. is fascism. That too is arguably an echo of what the NLPC is engaged in.

In his Democratic presidential campaign launch, RFK Jr has used very similar language.  Kennedy has tossed in the notion of the rise of a new feudalism.


‘Spirit of Rebellion’ RF Kennedy Jr ‘My Candidacy for Democratic Nominee for President Aims to End Corrupt Merger of State-Corporate Power Threatening New Feudalism in USA;’ plus MHMarkets Updates

Left-leaning Wikipedia said: Corporatism became one of the main tenets of fascism, and Benito Mussolini’s fascist regime in Italy advocated the collective management of the economy by state officials by integrating large interest groups under the state, which is a combination of crony capitalism and state capitalism:…“Per the ‘father’ of Italian fascism, “Fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism because it is a merger of state and corporate power” – Benito Mussolini. Note Mussolini, like Adolf Hitler, were both socialists. They were not from the political right, they were from the political left. Note: while some dispute this quotation, saying they can’t find a reference of the Italian leader saying this word for word, be that as it may, Mussolini’s writings at a minimum support such a possible paraphrase.

These are concerns that MHLivingNews and MHProNews have been reporting to manufactured housing professionals, manufactured home shoppers, and affordable housing advocates for several years. These twin pro-manufactured housing, pro-consumer platforms (MHProNews/MHLivingNews) have done so by citing sources of the evidence that cross the left-right political and media divide.


On September 13, 2020, this linked report was uploaded. It points to some of the same people involved in the WEF and the Great Reset. But it also shows how those plans impact the lack of affordable housing, including the lack of manufactured housing, here in the U.S.
To see this remark in context, the featured report further below.

Facts always are whatever they are.

Facts may be subjected to spin, paltering, or what Plante calls the corporate media’s power to ignore. If those on the political left and those on the political right grasp the common ground that they could have by simply unpacking the facts and evidence of how divide and conquer or ‘divide and rule’ are methods how the billionaire class has been able to successfully wage what Buffett called class warfare for years.




To that point, arguably billionaire Nick Hanauer was not being altruistic when he raised the notion of pitchfork economics. One left-leaning billionaire was openly signaling other left-leaning billionaires how he thinks they – the wealthy – can avoid the pitchforks. The method seems to be this. Say one thing that sounds good, which allows the perp to do something quite different than their words. But by giving those nice sounding words plausibility creates cover for often scandalous behavior.  Meanwhile, as Plante observes, there is the media’s power to routinely ignore.


Cited in 1.3.2023: 
‘Punishment the Wise Suffer;’ Sam Zell’s Contrarian Investing View – When Everyone Is Going Left, Look Right – 2022 Facts Reveal Potent Insights for Manufactured Housing in 2023″

The solution to this multi-decade problem that is dogging manufactured housing – and numbers of other professions – is to enforce good existing laws.

Quora says that Warren Buffett “calls [Charlie] Munger his partner in crime and the second man at Berkshire Hathaway.” There are white collar crime laws that include antitrust, RICO, the Hobbs Act and others.  When enough people of good will from across the spectrum stand up to these billionaire and posturing leftist “oligarchs,” the opportunity for positive change will appear.

Because watchdog Flaherty has a point. There is plenty of evidence to support the need for positive change at corporations instead of being part of the coverup or overlooking decades of scandals that has infected MHVille too. ##



6 Month Manufactured Housing Industry Production Plunge Continues, Accelerates – Where Are Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) Leaders, Cheerleaders? Facts and Manufactured Home Community Factor


PS: what’s truly stunning to those who think that people need 300-800 word posts that distract from or de facto cover up far more than they reveal. The above is about 3700 words. Detailed articles like this have witnessed a statistical surge in May 2023 visits to industry leading MHProNews, per third-party Webalizer. The typical visitor to MHProNews engages in about 3 times the number of pages visited per visit than occurs at CNN or Fox.  They publish shorter reports and have less engagement than we do.

“Making sense of the news” is a slogan at Plante’s station, WMAL. Numbers of people are obviously thirsty for understanding. The manufactured home industry is underperforming during an affordable housing crisis. Why? It should be obvious. It is due in good measure because people like Buffett, Gates, Munger and others of their ilk WANT the status quo.

It doesn’t matter how many glowing reports about manufactured housing hit the mainstream media. As an award winning and periodic MHI critic has observed, it doesn’t matter how many times this or that federal official or publication praises manufactured homes. Rather, what matters is that the industry is underperforming regardless of whatever is being written or said. There are obviously reasons why the oligarchs and feudalistic overlords want things as they are or in the troubling direction things are heading.

It isn’t until enough people of good will rally behind efforts for positive change, which could start as Flaherty suggested, that the industry will break out of its 20 plus years of doldrums. You can’t trust those who have created or tolerated the problem to be the ones to solve it.


‘The U.S. Can Solve Its Housing Crisis – It Just Needs To Start Building’ Bloomberg, Washington Post Want More Manufactured Housing in 2023! Plus 2022 Year in Review, Sunday MHVille Weekly Headlines Recap



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Andrew Justus, J.D., Niskanen Center Housing Policy Analyst, Hill Op-Ed Asks and Answers – ‘What’s Holding Back Manufactured Homes?’ Sunday Weekly MHVille Headlines in Review

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Programming Note (and PSS): a fresh news tip with documentation has come in from a well placed source about the latest scandal involving a prominent MHI member. Watch for it in the near term.

Flashback to March 9, 2019.

Part III – Daily Business News on MHProNews Markets and Headline News Segment

The modifications of our prior Daily Business News on MHProNews format of the recap of yesterday evening’s market report are provided below. It still includes our signature left (CNN Business) and right (Newsmax) ‘market moving’ headlines. The macro market moves graphics will provide context and comparisons for those invested in or tracking manufactured housing connected equities.

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.

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Headlines from left-of-center CNN Business – from the evening of 5.25.2023

  • An 11-year low
  • In the latest sign of economic pessimism, Americans are growing concerned they won’t be able to retire comfortably
  • Virgin Galactic launches high-stakes flight carrying passengers to the edge of space
  • Glitches, echoes and ‘melting the servers’ crash DeSantis’ campaign launch on Twitter
  • Nasdaq threatens to delist the Trump SPAC from the stock market
  • Microsoft leaps into the AI regulation debate, calling for a new US agency and executive order
  • Mortgage rates rise as debt ceiling standoff drags on
  • How to protect your investments and finances as debt default worries grow
  • Shaq gets served — again — in FTX lawsuit
  • Germany falls into recession as consumers in Europe’s biggest economy spend less
  • US pending home sales held steady in April
  • The US economy grew faster in the first quarter than previously reported
  • AI chip boom sends Nvidia’s stock surging after whopper of a quarter
  • Target removing some Pride merchandise after anti-LGBTQ threats against staff
  • Target is being held hostage by an anti-LGBTQ campaign
  • Why China and Japan are praying the US won’t default
  • Markets suffer a debt ceiling-induced vibe shift
  • Credit rating agency warns it may downgrade US debt rating, driving up costs
  • Investment in solar power to outstrip oil for first time, says IEA
  • One of Asia’s top female entrepreneurs is stepping down at Grab, the ride-hailing company she helped found
  • DeSantis’ Twitter launch disaster shows Musk’s platform isn’t ready for prime time
  • In a new BMW sedan, drivers can change lanes using just their eyes
  • Japan’s long-suffering stock market is back. This boom may have ‘staying power’
  • Don’t expect markets to rejoice if a deal is reached on the debt ceiling

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In the business world, the rear-view mirror is always clearer than the windshield.” – Warren Buffett. That begs a key question. Why don’t more people LOOK at the rearview mirror more so they can learn more about the patterns that influence what’s ahead? Note: depending on your browser or device, many images in this report can be clicked to expand. or 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.

Headlines from right-of-center Newsmax 5.25.2023

  • DeSantis: I’ll Pardon Trump, Other DOJ ‘Weaponization’ Victims
  • Florida GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis and then-President Donald Trump
  • Cline: Committee Will Hear From Durham on FBI
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  • Comer: Will Hold Wray in Contempt If Forms Withheld | video
  • Mike Huckabee: Tech Glitches Hurt DeSantis’ Chances | video
  • Ronna McDaniel: GOP Has ‘Great Field’ of 2024 Candidates | video
  • Biden, McCarthy Appear Closer to Deal on Debt Ceiling
  • President Joe Biden and top congressional Republican Kevin McCarthy on Thursday appeared to be nearing a deal to cut spending and raise the government’s $31.4 trillion debt ceiling, with little time to spare to head off the risk of default…. [Full Story]
  • Wall Street Ends Higher as Nvidia Sparks AI Stock Rush
  • Wall Street ended sharply higher Thursday after a blowout forecast [Full Story]
  • DeSantis to Tour Early Voting States After Glitchy Launch
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2022 was a tough year for many stocks. Unfortunately, that pattern held true for manufactured home industry (MHVille) connected stocks too.

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‘Stomach Churning Year’ CNN-Wall Street ‘Forget 2022’ Down Year – Major Equities Data Compared to Manufactured Housing Stocks, Manufactured Home Community REITs, Performance for Year by Company




      • NOTE 1: The 3rd chart above of manufactured housing connected equities includes the Canadian stock, ECN, which purchased Triad Financial Services, a manufactured home industry finance lender.
      • NOTE 2: Drew changed its name and trading symbol at the end of 2016 to Lippert (LCII).
      • NOTE 3: Deer Valley was largely taken private, say company insiders in a message to MHProNews on 12.15.2020, but there are still some outstanding shares of the stock from the days when it was a publicly traded firm.  Thus, there is still periodic activity on DVLY.
      • Note 4: some recent or related reports to the REITs, stocks, and other equities named above follow in the reports linked below.

Q1-23 Manufactured Home Shipments YoY -29% Drop But Triad’s Origination Up-ECN Capital’s Triad Financial Services–5.15.2023 Q1-2023 Financial Results-Remarks, Corp Insights; plus MHMarkets Update


Legacy Housing Financial Results and Earnings Call 1Q 2023-‘Sales Slowed but Margins Improved’ Duncan Bates Boasts of Manufactured Housing ‘Business Tailwinds’ Official Data-Analysis

Manufactured Housing Institute Claims ‘Effective Branding’ for ‘Manufactured Housing’-Seriously? Target Rich Satirical Saturday Examines MHI Claims, Messaging, RESULT$; plus MHVille Stocks Update

Sun Communities – ‘Development in Our DNA,’ ESG Stance, Q4 2022 Year End Results Earnings Call & PR – Facts, Insights Beyond PR and Official SUI Statements; plus MHVille REITs, Stocks Update


Nobility Homes, Inc. Sales and Earnings for its Fiscal Year 2022 Report, Result$ Best Inflation – Net After Taxes Up 34%, More Fact$; DeSantis ESG and NOBH; plus MHVille Stocks, Market Updates

‘Killing’s as Easy as Breathing’ ‘Bad Guys Know More Games’ Warren Buffett Annual Berkshire Hathaway Letter, Clayton Homes, 21st, VMF-Manufactured Home Loans-Compelling MHVille Expert Views

‘Keeping Our Mobile Home Communities Safe, Well-Maintained, Affordable is Vital’ – Attorney General Wm Tong Testimony, More Follow Probe of Sun Communities (SUI) Issue–Latest MHI Member Scandal?

‘Manufactured Housing in the News,’ Unpacking UMH CEO Sam Landy Op-Ed’ It’s Time for Bi-Partisanship on Affordable Manufactured Housing Homeownership’ in HousingWire; plus MHMarkets Updates

CEO Mark Yost, Skyline Champion Insiders SELL Million$ Value SKY Stock, Home Sales Drop-4th Q 2022 (3QFiscal2023), Official Result$-Facts, Analysis, Info Beyond PR; plus MHVille Stocks Update

BlackRock Document Exposes Central Banks like Federal Reserve on Recession; Manufactured Home Producer Cavco Industries 2022 Year End Results (CVCOQ3.23) Facts+Analysis; plus MHVille Stocks Update


Manufactured Home Communities (a.k.a. ‘Mobile Home Parks’ – SIC) – Exploring UMH Properties; Fellow Manufactured Housing Institute Member Yes! Communities Suits and Settlements; plus MH Markets Updates


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All on Capitol Hill were welcoming and interested in manufactured housing related issues. But Congressman Al Green’s office was tremendous in their hospitality. Our son’s hand is on a package that included a copy of the Constitution of the United States and other goodies. Tamas has grown considerably since this photo was taken. He is now an impressive, often thoughtful, teen. 

By L.A. “Tony” Kovach – for MHProNews.
Tony earned a journalism scholarship along with numerous awards in history. There have been several awards and honors and also recognition in manufactured housing. For example, he earned the prestigious Lottinville Award in history from the University of Oklahoma, where he studied history and business management. He’s a managing member and co-founder of LifeStyle Factory Homes, LLC, the parent company to MHProNews, and This article reflects the LLC’s and/or the writer’s position and may or may not reflect the views of sponsors or supporters.








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