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Although, I can see Jerome's excellent points, I would ask, do we really want the "state" to have a lock on charity. We say "charity begins at home", but if only governments could provide charity it might end there as well. Who provides for the impoverished areas of the world where governments are too poor to provide charity. Having watched the political do nothings, at work in Bosnia, Sudan, Ruwanda, and countless other places around the world, I'm very happy that all charity is not in the hands of government.  

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by Gringo (stargazing camel at aoldotcom) on Fri Nov 24th, 2006 at 05:51:49 PM EST

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