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“What the government spends is not its money”

In the middle of his inauguration speech yesterday, Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine (D) made several pledges. One especially caught our attention. i.e., “To the taxpayers of Virginia,” he pledged to “always remember that what government spends is not its money. It’s your money. We will place a premium on accountability; ensuring that your dollars are used responsibly in meeting the priorities that we share.” While one may have a different set of priorities than the governor, I cannot recall another politician having the courage to recognize so explicitly that what government spends actually came from the taxpayers. Today’s Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star has the story and the new governor’s website has the entire inauguration speech.