The state is never accused of greed. There is no limit to what it may take from us. And those who live on what is taken in taxes are never accused of greed either. Greed is virtually identified with the "profit motive." We have no invidious term for the parasitic motive. The state and its clients are all but immune from moral criticism.
~ Joseph Sobran, "The Two Economies," The Free Market, January 1991