For some, this is a reminder. For others, this may be a revelation.

The only money government has is our money. We are coerced into giving it to them. If they decide they want more of our money, they take it. If they want to make commitments that tie up our money in perpetuity, like the current debt, they do it.

Then they spend our money on whatever they decide. They don’t seek our permission (though one might argue our vote is our permission). Most of us don’t pay enough attention to how our money is getting spent.

We don’t even think of it as our money that’s being spent at all.

And that’s why we need this reminder. The government is not spending their money. They’re spending our money.