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The Wine, Women
and Song Foundation

American Thinker, by Clarice Feldman

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Posted By:Judy W., 3/24/2013 8:32:31 AM

I have watched over the years how publicly unaccountable foundations have amassed billions of dollars, tax free, and spend it on dangerous, leftwing, often anti-American and anti-Israeli outfits, conferences and promoters. Taxpaying citizens opposed to abortion without restrictions, open borders, balkanization of the country, erosion of their constitutional rights, dumbed down education of their children and environmental extremism are fighting opposition very generously funded by these groups. The irony of this development is that capitalists -- like Ford, Rockefeller, Carnegie, Pew -- who owed their fortunes to American free market policies, started most of these foundations.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Pros7767, 3/24/2013 9:08:04 AM     (No. 9241188)

It´s time for these "charitable" foundations to start paying taxes like everyone else. Enough already!

Only in America do foundations hell bent on destroying our way of life get to do it tax free.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Safari Man, 3/24/2013 9:31:06 AM     (No. 9241216)

Alfred Nobel must be spinning in his grave as well.

I know people who regularly donate to their university alma mater without regard for how the money is being spent or what sorts of politics are being espoused at that university. People should never assume that charitable donations are to be used for good things. In today´s world, they very often are used for quite bad things.


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Reply 3 - Posted by: Chuzzles, 3/24/2013 9:35:42 AM     (No. 9241222)

I notice the article avoids mentioning a big one, The Tides foundation, run by John Heinz´s widow Mrs. John Kerry.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: real fifi, 3/24/2013 11:46:22 AM     (No. 9241406)

Tides is a left wing money laundering machine and should be closed down--It allows "legitimate" foundations to hide the beneficiaries of their largesse--like eco-terrists. On the other hand, it doesn´t fit the theme of the article--that foundations depart from the intentions of the donors. Tides was set up for just this purpose.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Twinkle93, 3/24/2013 1:33:15 PM     (No. 9241553)

Let´s start taxing the tax dodges of the liberal top 1%.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Johnny Angle, 3/24/2013 1:37:18 PM     (No. 9241559)

Every argument about the evils of inherited wealth goes double when applied to the immortal foundations.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Raristotle, 3/24/2013 1:43:29 PM     (No. 9241570)

I worked for a company that had a strong working relationship with the Carnegie and Tides Foundations. My eyes were opened widely when saw how these foundations actually worked. If you were a radical, Leftist organization, filling out an application was pro forma. Pro-liberty and free-market groups would not ever be considered. The relationship worked in this way: my boss (who was a radical environmentalist) naturally traveled in the same circles as the folks who approved his application. They attended Temple together and went to the same events. They shared equivalent worldviews. When it came time for my boss to seek a grant for an environmental project, he contacted her, she came to our office, and they agreed together on what the project would look like. The Tides Foundation may have needed a project with a particular focus (say, the dangers of Marcellus Shale fracking), and they and my boss would agree on doing a project with that in mind. My boss (and the company I worked for) received a nice sum of money (in the six-figure range) and the Tides Foundation had another project that promoted Leftism. This is how these groups operate.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: privateer, 3/24/2013 7:28:16 PM     (No. 9241928)

Thanks Clarice for a laundry list of fleabag, phoney pinko groups. Oh, and BTW, why aren´t these top of the 1%ers paying their fair share? How can they amass more and more wealth when they are supposedly giving for public good? Simple. The are leftists.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Hazymac, 3/24/2013 9:43:11 PM     (No. 9242027)

FTA: There´s only one thing left: The creation of a new Wine, Women and Song Foundation, led by yours truly, with the aim of persuading rich young men to spend their cash on wine women and song. (In the case of the newly rising cadre of wealthy women entrepreneurs, the term "women" embraces men.) (/sarc off!)

My favorite three things!

Clarice Feldman lists the numerous left fringe charities that the venerable major foundations are seeding with their tax exempt gifts as the founders of those foundations, long dead, spin like airplane propellors in their marble tombs. In particular, look at what the Carnegie Corporation supports. But make sure you´ve got some Dramamine nearby. You´re going to be sick. Lord have mercy!

Radical libertarian investment advisor Doug Casey believes that essentially all charity money is wasted, and that you shouldn´t give any. The guilt ridden nabobs who avoid inheritance taxes by creating foundations (Gates and Buffett, to name today´s two richest) would do the world a favor if they kept their money in their current businesses where it could continue to grow, fostering expansion, employment, and perhaps valuable new discoveries that would benefit everyone, instead of groups of political malcontents who want to tear apart the capitalist system that is the source of the nation´s (and of those foundations´) wealth.

Casey isn´t above helping private individuals who have ideas that need nurturing, but he thinks that, in general, charity is deleterious to human industry and advancement, fostering laziness and dependence.

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