Jeff Cooper quotes E.V. Howe, via somebody named Bill O'Connor:
"The government is mainly an expensive organization to regulate evil doers, and tax those who behave. Government does little for fairly respectable people, except annoy them."
That's actually wrong. The government doesn't regulate evildoers; it merely tries to. That is to say, it annoys them.
All government really does to anybody is annoy them. And invoice the fairly respectable ones for the service.