Affordable housing, working and middle class incomes are far from a new issue. They have been part of the national scene in the U.S. for decades, as this brief recap and linked reports will serve to outline. And sexual or other scandals have arguably often taken those long-pressing issues for the masses hostage.
For the big three networks, an “average of 22.4 million Americans watched the evening news last week,” per a recent December report on Adweek. The graphic below suggests another 5.4 million watch one of the top 3 cable news networks. If one considers the other business news, and lesser watched ‘national’ cable channels, perhaps 30 million (+/-) tune in to someone’s news program weekday evenings, out of a the estimated 2018 United States population (February 2018) of 327.16 million, per U.S. Census Bureau figures.
So a small minority of Americans tune into news. That is no doubt fine for those who would prefer to do their work with the least possible level of public scrutiny.
The highpoint for pre-HUD Code mobile home industry was achieved during the presidency of Richard M. Nixon. For two years, as the new home shipment chart below reflects, production soared passed 500,000 units a year. Those sales levels were supported by policies that provided Veterans Administration (VA) backed lending on mobile home loans, perhaps some emergency housing orders, and other encouragement from the federal government.
The scandals of Watergate brought down the presidency of Richard Nixon (R). In the video posted, mention is made of the role of how opposition research was used by Nixon and his allies against Senator Ted Kennedy (MA-D). For more on Nixon and mobile homes, and the emergence of the federal construction, safety, and energy that became the HUD Code for manufactured housing, click the linked report below.
The presidency of Gerald Ford (R) was brief, but not without its influence on the transition from mobile homes to manufactured housing. A literal and metaphorical stumble caused Gerald Ford to lose to Jimmy Carter. For insights into President Ford’s roll in the transition from Mobile to Manufactured Homes is accessed by clicking on the linked box below.
President Jimmy Carter’s (D) brother Billy had his shares of embarrassing moments. But the curated video Scandalous points to the effects of ‘Ted’ or ‘Teddy’ Kennedy at Chapaquidick bridge that may have been the difference between Carter losing to Republican Ronald Reagan (R). For some points on the Carters and manufactured housing, see the linked report, below.
We’ve noted previously on the Daily Business News on MHProNews how the President Bill Clinton (D) era ushered in the passage of the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000 (MHIA), which in the new home shipments graphic shown is the most ‘modern’ part of the manufactured home industry’s history.
The Clinton era also gave us the sad turn of the phrase from Clinton operative James Carville. It was all done to distract from Clinton’s sexual scandals.
Some don’t like to admit it, but every administration for decades has had its share of real and/or manufactured scandals. It’s bipartisan.
But affordable housing ought to be non-partisan. The case for manufactured housing ought to transcend partisan lines. Which is why it is worth noting that the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) does its work with no PAC, while the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) has its MHI PAC.
The video that follows is an interesting look at how scandals, past or more recent, have often hobbled presidents. In the case of Senator Ted Kennedy (MA-D), his scandal kept him from becoming president. These events in turn thus influenced policies, including those related to incomes and affordable housing. The video walks through several administrations, adding flavor and context to some of the linked information above and below.
Investors and professionals should be mindful of just how rapidly affordable housing can be ramped up with contemporary manufactured homes. The example of Rollohome is an ever-timely reminder – linked in the box below – because if that builder went from start-up to 60,000 homes in 2 years, it can most certainly be done again. Arguably, it should be better, because we now have the federal standards known as the HUD Code for manufactured homes and the MHIA of 2000.
Before a younger generation thinks that there were no big allegations, concerns, dirty politics, and scandals prior to our time, the video above yields interesting insights by using numerous clips from the respective eras, mixed with commentary by the people who lived it. That’s this morning’s “News through the lens of manufactured homes, and factory-built housing,” where “We Provide, You Decide.” © ## (News , analysis, and commentary.)
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