"One of the things I always try to tell people is when you vote, your vote doesn’t count for anything..."
The money we individually earn can be collected from us, as our elected representatives set taxes, high or low, and specify from where the revenue comes. That money will be spent on the projects that our elected representatives determine are worthy, and that they decide will benefit us all. Our physical labor, in fact, can actually be "conscripted," because we have given our elected representatives the right to send us out to kill for our country. And to die for it, too, of course. The rules that govern our personal relationships (like what does "marriage" actually mean?) are also established by the elected representatives who govern us.