Mary, I don't get the connection between a charity that is allowed to do what it was formed to do and a prison.
statement refers to the idea that charitable donations would increase if taxes were decreased. The reasons that charity is preferable to welfare include losing the idea of someone being entitled to a handout, and the idea that a charity, being voluntarily funded, comes from peoples desire to help, not from their aversion to punishment (for not paying taxes).
At the moment, charities are in competition with the government, both in collection and in dispersion of funds.
I hope that clears up any confusion.
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