It's not like the government has ever gathered cash by setting up a voluntary fund raiser. Every nickle you might accept as a 'gift' from government was taken from another with the barrel of a gun pointed to their head.
Just the other day, a very liberal friend of mine sent me a text. He was shocked to hear that Dr Paul forfeited his congressional retirement plan. He commented that if other congressional members actually practiced what they preached as Dr Paul had, this country would be in far better shape. Even he, being very liberal, could see that.