In communities and homes across the U.S. and Canada, millions of manufactured home residents enjoy the benefits of affordable home ownership.
At Christmastime, the holiday classic “It’s A Wonderful Life” ought to be a reminder of just how important home ownership is. Millions praise the movie as one of the best of all time, and it is still viewed every year as part of this holiday’s cultural tradition.
The storyline involves a clash between a “building and loan” – an affordable housing lender – that helps the people of Bedford Falls escape a life of endless renting from a rich slumlord named Mr. Potter.
Potter is arguably a manipulator. Potter schemes how he can close the building and loan, so that more will be stuck in his over-priced rental properties.
Potter’s character was crafted long before people like Warren Buffet becomes a household word. But the story is a reminder that some arguably earn their wealth by a corrupted manipulation of people and circumstances. This is but one of several scenes in the movie where Potter is confronted by George Bailey (James Stewart) about his practices.
In Christmas stories of all kinds, there is a often a battle between ‘evil vs. good.’ The Grinch that Stole Christmas is but one example. Ebenezer Scrooge in Charles Dicken’s “A Christmas Carol” is another.
Never forget that in the actual Christmas story, the baby Jesus and his parents Mary and Joseph are being chased by an evil king who hopes to kill him.
On our professional and investor focused sister site, MHProNews, the case is made by our publisher of how Buffett’s “the Moat” strategy has manipulated capital, regulations, and lending in a Mr. Potter-ish sort of way that advantages Berkshire Hathaway’s lenders and sellers of manufactured homes. Our publisher has challenged Clayton Homes, 21st Mortgage, Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance, and their purportedly puppet Manufactured Housing Institute association to a public debate on video about #NettlesomeThings. So far, those groups who claim ‘transparency’ are unwilling to do so.
We plan to look at these topic in 2019 and beyond here on MHLivingNews. Because as Alan Amy states in the video below, they are demonstrably buying up chunks of the affordable housing industry.
But for now, for the roughly 22 million Americans who call a pre-HUD Code mobile home or a post-HUD Code manufactured home the place where their heart is, the “It’s a Wonderful Life” video is a timeless inspiration to never stop dreaming and fighting for whatever is right.
We’ve been promoting the fact- and evidence-based benefits for Americans in the U.S. and Canada of manufactured home living for years. We hold those accountable who act as a roadblock to accomplishing that goal.
So as Christmas looms, from our family to yours, we wish you a Merry Christmas. Check your cable stations, and make sure you set aside the time for “It’s a Wonderful Life.” You won’t regret it. “We Provide, You Decide.” © ## (Lifestyle news, commentary, and analysis.)
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Soheyla Kovach co-founder of MHLivingNews, on left,
with son Tamas (pronounced like Tah Mash), and publisher L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach, on the right.