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Pampered Chef Helps End Support of Planned Parenthood by Berkshire Hathaway & Warren Buffett!
The Pampered Chef ^ | July 3, 2003 | Doris Christopher

Posted on 07/03/2003 5:58:49 PM PDT by ChocChipCookie

This is the text of an email sent out today from Pampered Chef's founder, Doris Christopher.

Dear Kitchen Consultants:

I have shared with you my pride in being a part of the Berkshire Hathaway family of businesses. I knew that this was the kind of family where The Pampered Chef would thrive and grow for years to come. I have also shared with you my feelings of respect for Warren Buffett.

Today, I am even more proud to call Warren my mentor, leader and friend.

This week I went to Warren with a heavy heart. I told him that many of our Kitchen Consultants were concerned and troubled with Berkshire Hathaway's donation policies - specifically the contributions to pro-choice organizations and to the Buffett Foundation. I knew that I could speak with Warren frankly and that he would want to hear of the issues impacting your business.

It troubled him deeply that charitable donations from Berkshire Hathaway were causing you difficulty. He listened to me carefully and with great compassion. He understands that as his family of Berkshire companies expands, it becomes more diverse, and there are opinions and concerns that need to be taken into consideration. Warren Buffett made a landmark decision regarding the long-standing corporate giving policies of Berkshire Hathaway. His decision was this:

Effective immediately, Berkshire Hathaway will cease all corporate contributions of any kind to any non-profit organization. This means there will be no donations from Berkshire Hathaway to the Buffett Foundation. Let me be clear, there will be no possibility of any Pampered Chef profits being donated to any cause other than those we initiate, including our three current charitable giving programs: Round-Up from the Heart, Help Whip Cancer and the Family Resiliency Program.

Warren Buffett made his landmark decision after hearing what was in my heart and in yours. I believe that Kitchen Consultants, hosts and customers are a diverse group of individuals with different opinions and beliefs. Our business is built on trust and on personal relationships. Warren understands our business and wants you to be successful in every way, able to do business with people of all backgrounds and beliefs.

I admire Warren Buffett for his heart and his insight. He is a wise leader!

Thank you for all you do to make this company strong.

Doris K. Christopher Founder and Chairman


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News
KEYWORDS: abortion; berkshirehathaway; pamperedchef; plannedparenthood; prochoice; prolife; warrenbuffett
This is a follow-up to the article from Citizen Magazine that was posted a couple of weeks ago. Quite a few Freepers took some pretty nasty swipes at Pampered Chef, consultants like me, and Doris Christopher. It took a lot of courage for Doris to take this step. Not even pro-life shareholders of Berkshire Hathaway have been able to persuade Warren Buffett to cease support of Planned Parenthood and other pro-abortion causes. She's a modern day Esther, and I'm so proud to be part of her company. Now all of you can start enjoying your Pampered Chef products without any guilt!
1 posted on 07/03/2003 5:58:49 PM PDT by ChocChipCookie
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To: ChocChipCookie
I haven't taken swipes Chipper. But I am sure happy that Doris did the right thing. Planned Parenthood also got word that now a majority of women appose abortion. I believe that we may see the demise of the death in my lifetime.
2 posted on 07/03/2003 6:04:02 PM PDT by Don'tMessWithTexas
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To: ChocChipCookie
Thank you very, very much for posting this. I did not expect such a favorable result. And, my respect for Warren Buffet has just gone up. He LISTENS to people, and he acts on what he hears.

In this world it takes two kinds of people to get results. One is relatively ordinary people but with great courage, like Doris Christopher. (What an appropriate last name for this lady!) The other is people in positions of power and authority who will listen to such people. That, it turns out, means Warren Buffet.

Before I read this thread, I instructed my representative to make another investment in Berkshire Hathaway. I did that for financial reasons. Now, I am even more satisfied with that decision for personal reasons.

Congressman Billybob

Latest article, now up FR, "Ah-nold Will Win."

3 posted on 07/03/2003 6:07:36 PM PDT by Congressman Billybob ("Saddam has left the building. Heck, the building has left the building.")
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To: ChocChipCookie
I am very impressed with Doris Christopher. It took integrity to do what she did.

I am also impressed with Warren Buffet. He had compassion to do what he did.

Non of this would have been possible if the Pampered Chef ladies had stayed quiet. They didn't need to be loud and ugly, but just lived up to their beliefs.

4 posted on 07/03/2003 6:26:40 PM PDT by Ruth A.
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To: Ruth A.
I am also impressed with Warren Buffet. He had compassion to do what he did.

This is good news.

I wonder if Warren will now merely fund abortion with his private funds.

5 posted on 07/03/2003 6:36:54 PM PDT by RJL
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To: ChocChipCookie
BUMP
6 posted on 07/03/2003 6:38:00 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: Ruth A.
I am also impressed with Warren Buffet. He had compassion to do what he did.

Not really. It's just that a smooth business operation--with profits flowing in unimpeded--means more to Buffett than a few more corpses for the piles of dead babies he uses his riches to create.

7 posted on 07/03/2003 6:40:18 PM PDT by madprof98
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To: ChocChipCookie
Many of the people who were against BH's funding of abortion were consultants, like you, so I don't think any offense was intended towards you, just towards the funding of these organizations.
8 posted on 07/03/2003 6:43:25 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: madprof98
Hey, hasn't Buffet funded the anti-Catholic, pro-abortion Catholics for a Free Choice?
9 posted on 07/03/2003 6:44:12 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: Lady In Blue; Canticle_of_Deborah; Desdemona; NYer; Salvation; american colleen; sandyeggo; ...
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10 posted on 07/03/2003 6:45:25 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: ChocChipCookie
The above-mentioned Citizen magazine article: Hometown Heroes: Stirring the Pot (Pro-life moms take on The Pampered Chef)
11 posted on 07/03/2003 6:47:07 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: RJL
Er...I think I missed something here. If I did, please explain it to me.

First, I congratulate the ladies of the Pampered Chefs for asking Buffett to stop contributing to Planned Parenthood.

Second, it looks to me as though Buffett weaseled out. He has solved his problem by stopping ALL MONEY TO ANY NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION. That way, Planned Parenthood and the other baby killers can't claim they've been singled out. And the pro-life customers have nothing to complain about.

SMART MOVE, but only for Buffett. He did NOT take a stand against killing innocent babies. I wonder how many other people will follow his lead.

I also wonder how many other charities will suffer because Buffett puts business first.

12 posted on 07/03/2003 6:47:42 PM PDT by kitkat
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To: ChocChipCookie
This is the news release at the Berkshire Hathaway website. I don't believe it's been posted yet. All I can say is, wow!

BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY INC.
NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 3, 2003
Omaha, NE (BRK.A; BRK.B) — Berkshire Hathaway has terminated its shareholder-designated contributions program, which has distributed approximately $197 million since it was begun in 1981. This program has allowed holders of Berkshire’s A shares to designate a per-share sum
for the company to contribute to as many as three charities, the only requirement being that the designee have 501(c)(3) status. The program thus allowed a wide diversity of donations, some of them controversial but all outside the control of Berkshire.

In recent years, about 3,500 charities have been designated annually, with schools the favorite (about 800 different institutions have benefited), followed by more than 400 churches and synagogues. Some institutions were named by many shareholders. Last year, for example, ten shareholders directed funds to Creighton University and 20 named the University of Nebraska.

The program worked well for many years. Recently, however, certain of the donations, including some made by Berkshire’s chairman, Warren Buffett, have caused harmful criticism to be directed at Berkshire’s new subsidiary, The Pampered Chef. The independent consultants that serve The Pampered Chef have no responsibility for what Berkshire Hathaway shareholders do, yet the careers of many of these consultants are now suffering because of the contributions program.

Thus, contrary to all that Berkshire has experienced in the past, its ownership is now harming a new subsidiary, even though this company anticipated that association with Berkshire would help rather than hurt its employees and sales field. Moreover, Berkshire greatly admires Doris Christopher, the founder and CEO of The Pampered Chef, and the independent consultants who serve it so well. These circumstances caused Berkshire directors to decide to eliminate the contributions program. Berkshire recognizes that many of its shareholders will regret the loss of this program, but feels that the action it is taking is in the best interest of the company.

All Berkshire subsidiaries, under direction of their local managers, will continue to support local charities in a manner consistent with what they have been doing. The Pampered Chef has traditionally focused on Round-Up from the Heart, Help Whip Cancer and the Family Resiliency Program, and it will continue this focus. Berkshire Hathaway Inc. and its subsidiaries engage in a number of diverse business activities among which the most important is the property and casualty insurance business
conducted on both a direct and reinsurance basis.
— END —
13 posted on 07/03/2003 6:47:54 PM PDT by ChocChipCookie (Beware: the Chip is pissed.)
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To: ChocChipCookie
I love Pampered Chef EVEN more now. They make the best baking sones on the planet, and that tart maker has been making my kids precious sandwiches for 5 years.
14 posted on 07/03/2003 6:49:51 PM PDT by Lanza
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To: nickcarraway
If you go back and re-read that article, you'll see that American Express is lauded for no longer donating to Planned Parenthood. The problem is, Warren Buffett owns American Express!! The only difference, then, between Amex and Pampered Chef (when this article was written) is that PC has NEVER given a dime to Planned Parenthood, yet the author of that article hammered them anyway.
15 posted on 07/03/2003 6:50:20 PM PDT by ChocChipCookie (Beware: the Chip is pissed.)
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To: ChocChipCookie
Excerpt:

That’s what makes stay-at-home moms like Tara Siler so unique: After four years of winning recognition as a star sales consultant for The Pampered Chef — one of the nation’s largest and fastest-growing kitchenware companies — this spring she gave up her salary, slashing her family’s income in half.

Her pro-life convictions led her to resign after she learned her company was bought last fall by Berkshire Hathaway Inc., a conglomerate of corporate heavyweights including Dairy Queen, See’s Candy and Fruit of the Loom. Turns out the new owner, Warren Buffett, is — in addition to being the world’s second-wealthiest man — one of the abortion industry’s top financiers.

For years, his company has funneled profits — about $9 million a year to be exact — into The Buffett Foundation, which in turn donated at least $11 million to pro-choice and reproductive-rights groups in 2002. Headed by Buffett and his wife, Susan, the foundation bankrolls Planned Parenthood clinics worldwide. Interestingly, the $9 million received by the foundation in 2001 constituted more than half of Berkshire’s contributions under its charitable giving program that year (over $16 million).

According to Business Week, The Buffett Foundation also made a five-year, $20 million commitment to International Projects Assistance Services — the principal manufacturer of suction pumps used in abortions. “It’s the money to actually do the abortions . . . the nuts and bolts, the hard stuff that he funds,” said Steve Mosher, who, as director of the Virginia-based Population Research Institute, spoke on behalf of pro-life shareholders at Berkshire’s annual meeting last year.

So, despite her $5,000-a-month sales record, Siler didn’t hesitate to quit when a fellow Chef told her about that agenda. “It wasn’t a hard decision because I knew what I had to do,” the 30-year-old West Virginia mom told Citizen. “But it was a very, very difficult sacrifice. It was four years of my heart and my life.

“When I mailed my resignation letter, I didn’t want to proofread it because I was afraid if I looked at it, I would change my mind,” she said. “So I didn’t; I just threw it in the mailbox.” <>That’s what makes stay-at-home moms like Tara Siler so unique: After four years of winning recognition as a star sales consultant for The Pampered Chef — one of the nation’s largest and fastest-growing kitchenware companies — this spring she gave up her salary, slashing her family’s income in half. Her pro-life convictions led her to resign after she learned her company was bought last fall by Berkshire Hathaway Inc., a conglomerate of corporate heavyweights including Dairy Queen, See’s Candy and Fruit of the Loom. Turns out the new owner, Warren Buffett, is — in addition to being the world’s second-wealthiest man — one of the abortion industry’s top financiers. For years, his company has funneled profits — about $9 million a year to be exact — into The Buffett Foundation, which in turn donated at least $11 million to pro-choice and reproductive-rights groups in 2002. Headed by Buffett and his wife, Susan, the foundation bankrolls Planned Parenthood clinics worldwide. Interestingly, the $9 million received by the foundation in 2001 constituted more than half of Berkshire’s contributions under its charitable giving program that year (over $16 million). According to Business Week, The Buffett Foundation also made a five-year, $20 million commitment to International Projects Assistance Services — the principal manufacturer of suction pumps used in abortions. “It’s the money to actually do the abortions . . . the nuts and bolts, the hard stuff that he funds,” said Steve Mosher, who, as director of the Virginia-based Population Research Institute, spoke on behalf of pro-life shareholders at Berkshire’s annual meeting last year. So, despite her $5,000-a-month sales record, Siler didn’t hesitate to quit when a fellow Chef told her about that agenda. “It wasn’t a hard decision because I knew what I had to do,” the 30-year-old West Virginia mom told Citizen. “But it was a very, very difficult sacrifice. It was four years of my heart and my life. “When I mailed my resignation letter, I didn’t want to proofread it because I was afraid if I looked at it, I would change my mind,” she said. “So I didn’t; I just threw it in the mailbox.”

She’s not alone. In the last few months, pro-life consultants in several states have resigned or verbally protested their profits going to one of the world’s biggest abortion promoters. It’s an insurrection of Chefs, so to speak.

16 posted on 07/03/2003 6:50:31 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: ChocChipCookie
sones - uh I meant "stones"
17 posted on 07/03/2003 6:51:23 PM PDT by Lanza
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To: kitkat
Check the earlier article, the majority of his ``charity'' money was going to fund abortions.
18 posted on 07/03/2003 6:52:23 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: ChocChipCookie
Quote of the Day by Cicero
19 posted on 07/03/2003 6:53:53 PM PDT by RJayneJ (To see pictures of Jayne's quilt: http://bulldogbulletin.lhhosting.com/page50.htm)
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To: nickcarraway
Thank you for the reminder. And now not even the Buffett Foundation will be donating money to any non-profit organization. Mr. Buffett will probably still be donating money out of his pocket to his pro-abort causes, but I don't think God is finished with Warren Buffett yet. Who would have predicted that this would ever have happened? Pro-life shareholders have made speeches at shareholder meetings, and even that didn't sway WB. Sure, for him it's probably only the bottom line that matters, but who cares! It's a big step in the right direction.
20 posted on 07/03/2003 6:55:44 PM PDT by ChocChipCookie (Beware: the Chip is pissed.)
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To: kitkat
Er...I think I missed something here. If I did, please explain it to me.

I think we are saying the same thing.

If Warren is moved by enlightenment or embarrassment to quit publicly funding abortion that is good news in any case.

Unfortunately, I suspect that Warren will continue to fund abortion at exactly the same amount only privately.

21 posted on 07/03/2003 7:00:09 PM PDT by RJL
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To: ChocChipCookie
And now not even the Buffett Foundation will be donating money to any non-profit organization.

No, no, no, no, no. What Buffett did was to let the Pampered Chef off the hook--agreeing that that particular business would not have to contribute to his "foundation." But Buffett controls lots of other businesses whose employees would not dare to stop him from using their labor to fund his nightmare enterprise. So the foundation's work will go on . . . and its major task will continue to be the promotion of baby-killing. Buffett is a very, very bad man.

22 posted on 07/03/2003 7:01:51 PM PDT by madprof98
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To: ChocChipCookie
I'll take "one chip at a time" but FYI:

Warren Buffett

The Buffett Foundation, Family Planning, and Population Control

http://www.cirtl.org/buffett.htm

Not long ago, I received an introductory offer for four issues of a Dow Jones Business and Financial News weekly called Barron's. The first issue's cover story (December 8) was titled Why, Warren? Warren Buffett is one of America's most wealthy from his successful ventures as an investor. I remember a camping trip where one of my friends told of how investors climb on board paying as much as $30,000 per share for Berkshire Hathaway Inc. voting stock. Berkshire which is controlled by Warren, invests in other companies and outperforms most mutual funds. His annual reports are famous for their "plain English" and easy to understand language...much of which has now been adopted by the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Besides being a very successful investor, Warren has a social agenda. He considers overpopulation to be a serious threat to the future of the world. In fact the Buffet Foundation established by he and his wife has spent nearly 10 million dollars this year alone on "family planning causes and other population control efforts". Shocked! So was I and that's not the worst of it. The foundation is currently small; however the foundation is heir to the estimated $20 billion once Warren passes on. The foundation has spent $2 million to fund RU-486 research.

The Buffett foundation is not alone. Established years ago, the Rockefeller foundation continues to expand its worldwide efforts through the Population Council, Planned Parenthood, and other organizations to promote and encourage abortions and birth control/contraceptives. The Ford and Rockefeller foundations used to work through the State Department's Agency for International Development. Today, they work through the United Nations Fund for Population Activities.

You may have heard recently of Ted Turner’s $1 billion donation to the UN. It's expected that $30 million will be annually contributed by Turner to the UN foundation. Turner was recently quoted, "if everybody voluntarily had one child for 100 years we would go back to $2 billion people." Recently Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft, has developed ties with Buffett and is spending money for teenage pregnancy studies. In fact Bill Gate's father was involved with Planned Parenthood in the sixties. Hewlett Packard's foundation is expected to contribute more to population control activities than all of the above.

The list goes on like a who's who list of the wealthiest, who are dedicating resources to population planning. Why? Their goal is to reduce the worldwide birth rate to a stable ( or as they call it replacement level) level which for them is estimated at 2.1 children per family.

We have all heard stories of doom and gloom from overpopulation, the gas crisis, global warming etc. I remember in 1977 we had a visitor to our class that claimed we would run out of gas by the year 2000. I remember reading a Wall Street Journal article last month that tackled the myth of global warming stating the mean average temperature over the last 30 years is actually declining and the overriding dominant factor to warming is the sun. Scientists know solar activity dramatically impacts climate and communications and the gradual warming since the ice age is "natural".

What about the myth of overpopulation? Most of Europe and America are already have declining birth rates. China's barbaric one child policy certainly has had an impact to the world's most populous nation. Most of the food shortages in many African countries, India, and North Korea, are do to ineffective governments and/or a loss of social order. UN studies predict fertility rates will drop below replacement level by 2015. In fact UN studies also state 44% of the world's population is already at replacement level. If UN studies suggest we are nearly there why do these powerful people persist? Besides does anyone know how many people the earth can reasonably feed? Is it 6 billion, 12 billion or 20 billion...What about the untapped reaches of the oceans or space or new technologies?

No, it all comes down to FEAR. Fear of a loss of power, loss of resources, fear of the unknown. Fear that if we don't kill our young children today, they will be killed in the future. Ultimately, fear from the lack of faith in God, his teachings and promises!!!!

Have these wealthy men forgotten God's teachings? What is the logic that demands abortion today to abort the unlikely scenario of starving in the future? I used to admire these men, now I pity them, for to be without God must indeed be fearful. Please pray for these influential people that they may become followers of Christ, and in so doing help God's special little people...the children!

Mark Lang

Email Mark At : marklang@dpc.net


Contact At :
CIRTL [Central Illinois Right to Life]
4100 N. War Memorial Drive
Peoria, IL 61614
(309)685-3034
General Email: cirtl@cirtl.org
23 posted on 07/03/2003 7:24:28 PM PDT by victim soul
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To: ChocChipCookie
Pampered Chef. Great people.... Great products.
24 posted on 07/03/2003 7:30:49 PM PDT by Between the Lines
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To: madprof98
Dairy Queen loses profits due to population control

http://www.fathersforlife.org/families/DairyQueen.htm



From: Population Research Institute [mailto:pri@pop.org]

Sent: Monday, May 06, 2002 7:48 AM

To: Population Research Institute

Subject: PRI Weekly Briefing: Proposal to Warren Buffett

Dear Colleague:

This past Saturday I met Warren Buffett, Chairman of Berkshire-Hathaway, and the world’s second richest man, and delivered the following resolution to him and 10,000 Berkshire-Hathaway shareholders.

Steve Mosher
President

PRI Weekly Briefing, 6 May 2002, Vol. 4/ No. 10
Chairman Buffett, Shareholders of Berkshire-Hathaway,

My name is Steven Mosher, and I am the President of Population Research Institute, a nonprofit organization dedicated to making the case for people as the ultimate resource—the one resource that we as investors cannot do without—and debunking the hype about overpopulation, what the New York Times has called, and I quote, one of the "myths of the twentieth century."

I have written about the coming depopulation—that’s right, I said the coming de-population—in the Wall Street Journal and other publications. I say this to explain why Gloria Patrick, a Berkshire-Hathaway shareholder, has asked me to present for action at this meeting the following proposal.

I will present the proposal and then, with the Chairman’s indulgence, spend a couple of minutes explaining why it is necessary:

Here is the resolution:

Whereas, charitable contributions should serve to enhance shareholder value;

Whereas, the company has given money to groups involved in controversial activities like abortion and population control;

Whereas, our company is dependent on people to buy the products and services of the various companies we own;

Whereas, our company is being boycotted by Life Decisions International and investment-related groups like Pro-Vita Advisors because of our contributions;

Resolved: The shareholders request the company to refrain from making charitable contributions.


To take these point by point:

Shareholder money is entrusted to the Board of Directors to be invested in a prudent manner for the shareholders.

I think you all will agree, as the resolution states, that charitable contributions should serve to enhance shareholder value. Indeed this is already Berkshire-Hathaway’s policy with regard to its operating subsidiaries. As Chairman Buffet explained in his Chairman’s letter of 2001, "We trust our managers to make gifts in a manner that delivers commensurate tangible or intangible benefits to the operations they manage." We did not invest money in this company so it could be given to someone else’s favorite charity.

You will all likewise agree that activities like population control and abortion are controversial. In fact, some of the charitable money has been given to Planned Parenthood, a group that is responsible for almost two hundred thousand abortions a year in the United States alone, and in countless more through its population control programs worldwide. We believe that abortion is the taking of a human life. Even if you disagree on this fundamental point, however, you must concur that these ongoing boycotts of Berkshire-Hathaway company products are not a good thing.

It should be self-evident that Berkshire-Hathaway, like the economy as a whole, is dependent upon people. It is people who produce the products and services of the various companies we own, and it is people who buy them. Now you may think that there is a superabundance of people, and that we will never run short, but this is not true. Half the countries of the world—including countries in Latin America, Africa, and Asia—have birthrates below replacement. Europe and Japan are literally dying, filling more coffins than cradles each year.

Dying populations may shrink the economic pie. We already see this happening in Japan and some European countries: How much of Japan’s continuing economic malaise can be directly traced to a lack of young people to power the economy? They may also make economic development nearly impossible: Russia is having trouble finding its feet economically in part because of its demographic collapse.(1) These problems will spread to many more countries in the near future.

Charitable contributions to simple-minded population control programs, in which governments impose restrictions on childbearing, are not in Berkshire-Hathaway’s interest. Such programs are not "investing in humanity’s future," they are compromising humanity’s future, and putting a roadblock in the way of future economic growth. There is no "global share buyback" in store for those who fund population control programs, because such programs will rob the world of future consumers and producers and threaten to shrink the economic pie.

Let me give you a concrete example of what I mean. Berkshire-Hathaway owns Dairy Queen, and there are 103 Dairy Queens in Thailand.(2) But Thailand, due to a massive sterilization and contraception campaign supported by Planned Parenthood and other population control groups, now has a birthrate that is below replacement—and falling. This means that its cohorts of children are shrinking, that there will be fewer and fewer young families in the years to come, and that its population will eventually fall.(3) Now you may think that Thailand has too many children. But is it possible for there to be too many children for Dairy Queen? According to Dairy Queen, "The Dairy Queen concept especially appeals to… young families," but there will be fewer young families in Thailand’s, and Dairy Queens future, because of population control.(4)

So I urge you to vote yes on this resolution. Let it be resolved that this company refrain from making charitable contributions.

Should you, on the other hand, vote to continue the current practice of making charitable contributions based on shareholder designations, I would urge you all to designate 501(c)3s, like the Population Research Institute, which are attempting to help the poor become the agents of their own development, and not simply try to reduce their number through population control.

ENDNOTES

See: "‘Overpopulation’ Turns Out to Be Overhyped," Ben Wattenburg, The Wall Street Journal, 4 March 2002; or "Too Many People? Not by a Long Shot," Steven W. Mosher, The Wall Street Journal, 10 February 1997.
Dairy Queen: International Locations,
World Population Prospects, The 2000 Revision, Thailand, p. 433.
www.dairyqueen.com.
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© 2002 Population Research Institute. Permission to reprint granted.

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See also:

World Population Control — U.S. Strategy and UN Policy Program
An overview compiled from various sources, based on various opinions relating to the consequences of the U.S.-promoted culture of death resulting from National Security Study Memorandum 200, by Henry A. Kissinger, National Security Council, Washington, D.C. 20506, April 24, 1974.

25 posted on 07/03/2003 7:31:41 PM PDT by victim soul
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To: ChocChipCookie
I bought some things from pampered chef. Love em.
26 posted on 07/03/2003 7:48:04 PM PDT by NC Conservative
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To: ChocChipCookie
Good news. Warren Buffet is a very smart and in many ways a very admirable guy. Why somebody like that should support population control and abortion beats me. I guess it just shows that you can be a financial genius but a moral nitwit.

I don't think Warren Buffet is merely selfish and out for a buck, because he's one of those rarities: an honest businessman. Maybe he will someday see the light.
27 posted on 07/03/2003 7:56:34 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Congressman Billybob
I don't know that I'd get all weepy just yet as Warren Buffet personally funded the testing to get the morning after pill approved and pushed through the FDA process during Klintoon's reign.
28 posted on 07/03/2003 8:20:10 PM PDT by Mean Daddy
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To: ChocChipCookie
All Berkshire subsidiaries, under direction of their local managers, will continue to support local charities in a manner consistent with what they have been doing.

If they have been funding murder (errr abortion) then they can continue to do so. It just the corporate offices that won't be funding them.

Even so, my hat is offf to the independent consultants for their stand. BTW, my wife loves the Pampered Chef products.

29 posted on 07/03/2003 8:33:02 PM PDT by zip
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To: madprof98
All businesses that fall under the Berkshire Hathaway umbrella are included in this decision.

Here is what is wrong with the methods and reasoning of so many pro-lifers: it's ALL or NOTHING. A small step in the right directions is derided with cynical responses, "it's not enough," "how about all the other corporations," blah, blah, blah. The reason the pro-gay agenda has gotten so far, to the point of gay marriage becoming a very real possibility here in the USA, is because they realized that every little decision would eventually add up to their ultimate goals.

I'm thrilled with this decision. It's not a tiny step. After all, WB holds a huge amount of sway in the business world. I wonder how soon it will be before other coroporations follow his lead.
30 posted on 07/03/2003 8:58:24 PM PDT by ChocChipCookie (Beware: the Chip is pissed.)
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To: ChocChipCookie
Here is what is wrong with the methods and reasoning of so many pro-lifers: it's ALL or NOTHING.

I didn't denigrate the decision nor the courageous effort which preceded it. I simply pointed out to you (correctly) that the Buffett Foundation remains a major supporter of baby-killing.

31 posted on 07/04/2003 9:22:35 AM PDT by madprof98
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To: homeschool mama
Did you see this?
32 posted on 07/11/2003 11:21:01 AM PDT by SpookBrat
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