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Mysterious donors (Another conservative businessman's money goes Left)
PhilanthropyDaily.com ^ | 1/25/2013 | Scott Walter

Posted on 01/25/2013 2:50:07 PM PST by Edmunds mom

Can you name this donor? He co-founded Silicon Valley’s first great corporation. He funded and befriended every Republican President from Nixon to George H.W. Bush. His decisive actions helped save two conservative think tanks, the Hoover Institution in the 1950s and the American Enterprise Institute in the 1980s. In 1992 he declared, “the Democratic Party has been the party of socialism since President Roosevelt’s term,” and it “is indentured to union labor.” Your last clue: The foundation named for him—America’s seventh largest—is a pillar of the liberal philanthropic establishment.

(Excerpt) Read more at philanthropydaily.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: fundingtheleft; hp; leftwingfoundations; millionaires; ofa
David Packard was a right-wing donor, but as soon as he died, his children turned his multi-billion-dollar foundation to the Left. He's partly to blame because he didn't see it coming.
1 posted on 01/25/2013 2:50:14 PM PST by Edmunds mom
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To: Edmunds mom

Louis Auchincloss wrote a story about this once. The minute the guy died, the board of his foundation took hold of the money and did it their way.

Sometimes it’s the children, but its nearly always the guys who choose to spend their lives working for foundations. Almost all of them are libs.


2 posted on 01/25/2013 3:00:23 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Edmunds mom

Dave Packard was a great man with a great idea.
Because of his business model thousands of people were brought along in his success.

He was however, always left leaning outside of business.

My husband had a wonderful career at HP (then to Agilent, to Philips Lighting-called LumiLeds), which as we know was (HP) destroyed by Carly.


3 posted on 01/25/2013 3:01:47 PM PST by svcw (Why is one cell on another planet considered life, and in the womb it is not.)
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To: Cicero
Sometimes it’s the children, but its nearly always the guys who choose to spend their lives working for foundations. Almost all of them are libs.

Yes. And I'm fascinated by the fact that virtually all non-profits [possible exception: NRA] are populated by liberals. There is something about giving away great sums of money that attracts them like flies.

I'd like to see a study [privately-funded, of course] that would show me where conservative kids go to work.

4 posted on 01/25/2013 3:09:26 PM PST by BfloGuy (Money, like chocolate on a hot oven, was melting in the pockets of the people.)
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To: svcw
I had thirty wonderful years at HP and met Dave Packard. Still have the HP Way book and wish it was being followed.

Your right, the culture of layoffs began with Carly and have continued with regularity. Profit sharing was abandoned shortly thereafter and the almost regular stock splits ended about that time too.

I was laid off a second time April 1 of 2010 (April fools day). It was a wonderful career and I miss the wonderful times and great people that I knew.

5 posted on 01/25/2013 3:10:29 PM PST by sr4402
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To: Edmunds mom
More the reason to burn through the inheritance rather than hand it over to your leftist children. Of course, maybe Mr. Packard should have exerted more influence in his children's’ upbringing. There's absolutely no excuse for feeling guilty about being successful. It used to be that hard work paid off, now people are punished for working hard and innovating. A lot of it has to do with entrenched business-government cronyism.
6 posted on 01/25/2013 3:11:56 PM PST by factoryrat (We are the producers, the creators. Grow it, mine it, build it.)
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To: Cicero

Walter Annenberg, another conservative businessman and member of the Nixon Administration, gave billions away through his foundation including $49 million to Chicago schools through the Annenberg challenge. Radical Bill Ayers wrote the proposal for the grant and Barack Obama was selected chairman of the board of directors administering the money. This position aided Obama’s climb to the presidency.

Essentially the wealth of a conservative businessman facilitated our current leftist president achieving office.


7 posted on 01/25/2013 3:12:53 PM PST by Soul of the South
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To: Edmunds mom

I don’t remember who said it, or if I will get the quote right, but if an organization is not explicitly conservative, it will become liberal.


8 posted on 01/25/2013 3:14:56 PM PST by kosciusko51 (Enough of "Who is John Galt?" Who is Patrick Henry?)
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To: Edmunds mom

I think the expression applies: “Enlightenment did not strike twice in the same place.”

However, in all fairness, liberals are masters in infiltrating, subverting and corrupting organizations, be they interest organizations, charities, foundations, and what all else.

Invariably they want three things: to expand the mission of the organization to embrace liberal causes; to mostly eliminate the original mission, or even reverse it; and finally, to personally profit by voting themselves funds.

For example, a hypothetical scholarship fund for abused poor children. When liberals take control of the board managing its funds, they would first expand the rationale of who is responsible for the abuse to things like “global warming abuses children.”

So then they would give money not to abused children themselves, the intent of the fund, but to liberal political organizations, because “electing Democrats is the best thing you can do for abused children”.

Then they would all vote to quintuple the pay of board members “because they work so hard for abused children.”

By then, the organization’s original purpose is dead, and any money going to it is wasted. As it withers, it is still used up by expending its credibility and good name.


9 posted on 01/25/2013 3:15:35 PM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Best WoT news at rantburg.com)
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To: Edmunds mom

It doesn’t surprise me at all. Nearly all of them go that way. Without moral conservatism, there will be no fiscal conservatism.


10 posted on 01/25/2013 3:20:27 PM PST by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of rotten politics smelled around the planet.)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy; Liz; george76; stephenjohnbanker; SierraWasp

Thank for posting an excellent summary of how most charitable organization are run/ruined by liberals.

My wife and I no longer volunteer or serve as board members for any so called non profit because of what we have seen, heard and read once inside and behind the closed doors.

Needless to say, they don’t get much money nor time from us.

“Liberals are masters in infiltrating, subverting and corrupting organizations, be they interest organizations, charities, foundations, and what all else.

Invariably they want three things: to expand the mission of the organization to embrace liberal causes; to mostly eliminate the original mission, or even reverse it; and finally, to personally profit by voting themselves funds.

For example, a hypothetical scholarship fund for abused poor children. When liberals take control of the board managing its funds, they would first expand the rationale of who is responsible for the abuse to things like “global warming abuses children.”

So then they would give money not to abused children themselves, the intent of the fund, but to liberal political organizations, because “electing Democrats is the best thing you can do for abused children”.

Then they would all vote to quintuple the pay of board members “because they work so hard for abused children.”

By then, the organization’s original purpose is dead, and any money going to it is wasted. As it withers, it is still used up by expending its credibility and good name.”


11 posted on 01/25/2013 3:32:48 PM PST by Grampa Dave (Tagline space for rent to pay for some of my extra taxes the next 4 years!)
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To: Edmunds mom

Packard was an idiot blinded by misplaced trust in the leftist progeny he failed to bring up properly. (throwing money at liberal adult children does not make up for not being there when they were kids. It simply facilitates evil.) Packard saw how Stanford was taken over by the left. Packard lived long enough to see what happened to the Ford Foundation and Annenberg Trust. He had no excuse, only the explanations of senility and misplaced trust. The author of this piece may wish to sugar coat reality. I do not.


12 posted on 01/25/2013 3:37:04 PM PST by rmlew ("Mosques are our barracks, minarets our bayonets, domes our helmets, the believers our soldiers.")
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To: Edmunds mom

Case in point is the Annenberg foundation and what William Ayers and his bud state Senator Obama did to Chicago education was well documented by Stanley Kurtz.
When Kurtz appeared on a local well respected talk show WGN’s Milt Rosenberg they tried to block the call in show while protesting outside the studio as well. This was a harbinger of today.


13 posted on 01/25/2013 3:37:54 PM PST by mosesdapoet (Should the "Chicago Mechanic" come out of retirement ?)
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To: svcw

geez, Carly destroyed HP - I’m trying to think of the names of the two men that lasted less than 3 years as CEO after her, they cut RD spending by 30% or planned to sell off all hardware and go into the software business ala SAP...help how did Carly do that? Oh and the guy who replaced her - he was using a hooker to close deals - please. Maybe that is why the board fired him...hookers for sales people at HP. Carly may not have been everyone’s ideal, but she did last more than a few months on the job.


14 posted on 01/25/2013 3:39:29 PM PST by q_an_a (the more laws the less justice)
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To: Edmunds mom

Often, it isn’t just the liberal children, siblings and grandkids, waiting like vultures to turn the organization, profit and non profit into a liberal hell hole.

Often, it is the old guys/gals turning liberal in their 70’s/80’s. So liberal, some of their children can’t believe what has happened to Dad/Mom/Grampa/Gramma.

My wife and I have broken off spending time or talking to these “new” liberals after decades of them pretending to be conservative.


15 posted on 01/25/2013 3:41:13 PM PST by Grampa Dave (Tagline space for rent to pay for some of my extra taxes the next 4 years!)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy
Perhaps some FReeper can enlighten me.

Why do all of these rich organizations obsess over population control? If not explicity pro-abortion, they are REALLY concerned with too many brown people being born.

16 posted on 01/25/2013 3:43:07 PM PST by boop ("You don't look so bad, here's another")
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To: Edmunds mom

I am convinced that many Foundations are populated by Liberals because they can award themselves HUGE salaries and they are giving away OTHER PEOPLE’S MONEY.


17 posted on 01/25/2013 3:47:43 PM PST by originalbuckeye (Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy)
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To: Edmunds mom

David Packard is no conservative. In the 1980’s, he was a big supporter of Rep. Ed Zschau (R-Calif.), a flaming liberal who was stridently anti-defense—he even opposed building anti-satellite weapons. By the way, Zschau rhymes—appropriately—with Mao.


18 posted on 01/25/2013 3:51:25 PM PST by Fiji Hill (Io Triumphe!)
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To: q_an_a

Carly, changed the business model.
It’s that simple, the others continued what she started.
She took a no debit, slow growth company and made it like everyone else.


19 posted on 01/25/2013 3:54:35 PM PST by svcw (Why is one cell on another planet considered life, and in the womb it is not.)
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To: factoryrat
More the reason to burn through the inheritance rather than hand it over to your leftist children.

There is a third way, you know. Give it to good, deserving charities (they exist) in your will.

There's no law that says you have to give your assets to your children.

20 posted on 01/25/2013 3:56:07 PM PST by OldPossum
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To: OldPossum

I’m not sure how Ray Kroc’s kids made out (McDonald’s CEO), but his widow did some good with her inheritance. At her death, a big chunk went to the Salvation Army. Even though she was Jewish.


21 posted on 01/25/2013 4:48:30 PM PST by boop ("You don't look so bad, here's another")
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To: Edmunds mom
Liberals and foundation money attract each other like cockroaches and food
22 posted on 01/25/2013 5:38:53 PM PST by tophat9000 (American is Barack Oaken)
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To: originalbuckeye

See my post 22


23 posted on 01/25/2013 5:40:44 PM PST by tophat9000 (American is Barack Oaken)
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To: boop

Kroc’s wife supported leftist causes quite unlike he would have...which was a real shame...underneath it all her predisposition for progressivism won in the eend

NPR, http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1015500/posts...we even had a thread on her divergence from poor long dead Ray

But it’s actually not always the kids or wife even....but look at Heinz....GOP...left all that money to a loony leftist cougar and her gigilo

it’s the professional foundation managers who are usually from academia ...that are the real culprits

therein lies the problem


24 posted on 01/25/2013 6:07:38 PM PST by wardaddy (wanna know how my kin felt during Reconstruction in Mississippi, you fixin to find out firsthand)
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To: Edmunds mom; All

Not surprised....

Whether it is Free Trade (espoused by Marx, Keynes, Gore, and a lot of other leftists), government health care (notice how many multi-nat corps HAVE NOT been negative about ObamaCare?), or outright government subsidy of business...a lot of your wealthy and corp elites are quite socialist

Reality is a lot of rich folks today are just as addicted to the government teat as ShawNiqua in South Chicago


25 posted on 01/25/2013 6:08:22 PM PST by SeminoleCounty (GOP = Greenlighting Obama's Programs)
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To: boop

And m i l l i o n s went to PBS.


26 posted on 01/25/2013 6:28:45 PM PST by kabumpo (Kabumpo)
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To: Edmunds mom

Here’s an interesting aside to the Packard story. I grew up in Los Altos, and one of my HS buddies was Packard’s neighbor in Los Altos Hills (his mom was pals with Lucille Packard).

I spent a lot of time up there, within spitting distance of Packard’s back yard, such as it was. My friend’s driveway was literally less than 50 feet from Packard’s rear windows.

The Packard family owns and lives on a large tract of apricot orchard in Los Altos Hills. Shortly after Dave Packard passed away, the entire property was ringed with steel or iron fencing. Prior to that, it looked like any other orchard/rural property in that area, with no fences or other security measures.

I was always curious about his lifestyle, as the house on the property was basically an old bungalow. It wasn’t ostentatious in the least.


27 posted on 01/25/2013 6:56:27 PM PST by Disambiguator (Gun ownership is pro-life.)
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To: svcw
I am amazed at how people talk about HP as some ideal example - no debt, slow growth etc. etc. They would be out of business today if the had to depend on printers and patents. Can you say XEROX as their model? Their PC market share was in the single digits and they completely screwed by pda opportunities.

Then you mention people followed her lead...please. Was Hurt, who cut R&D, trying to make HP the old company that was a creator not a follower following her? Plus his use of hookers - help. Then the next guy lasted what 6 months - he was planing to sell all the harware divisions built over two generations. Meg may still save HP. But they can't figure out that selling printer ink at huge profit margins and that never empty the package is a rip off and customers know it.

28 posted on 01/26/2013 5:51:03 AM PST by q_an_a (the more laws the less justice)
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To: q_an_a

Based on your reply, it is clear you have know idea what HP was.


29 posted on 01/26/2013 7:10:55 AM PST by svcw (Why is one cell on another planet considered life, and in the womb it is not.)
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To: svcw
Well based upon the HP web site- showing images of HP products, my ideas about HP fit about 95% of what I said. Printers and pda - they are the primary items on their "great history" timeline. Oh yea the did some calcutlators too...so did TI. I like HP but to put much blame on Carly instead of a rogue board, then her two successors is to have a poor view of that company. (If the timeline and THEIR story is not very good then are they responsible for their message or is it the small former investor?

http://www.hp.com/hpinfo/abouthp/histnfacts/publications/timeline/

30 posted on 01/26/2013 11:04:29 AM PST by q_an_a (the more laws the less justice)
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