What Does a Government Do?


A government is a system of rules and laws to run a country. Each country or State has its own rules about how to form a government, what responsibilities it has, and who is in charge of it. A government also sets the rules for its citizens, protects them from outside interference and helps them to achieve their goals or dreams. Governments have many jobs including providing security, helping people to get out of poverty, protecting the environment, fighting crime and keeping food and medicine safe.

Governments are important because they provide stability and safety for people at the national, state and local levels. They provide services such as police and fire departments, schools, roads and mail delivery. In addition, governments regulate access to certain goods that are in limited supply such as public lands and wildlife. Governments make sure that people do not take too much of these resources because they are essential for everyone to survive.

While Americans have many positive things to say about their government, they often think that the government is doing too much or not enough. A recent survey by Gallup showed that the federal government had the highest negative ratings out of 25 sectors in the country.

Americans also believe that their government is doing a poor job of keeping the nation safe from terrorist attacks, dealing with natural disasters, making sure there are adequate supplies of food and medicine, strengthening the economy and maintaining infrastructure. The government is also a big source of stress and frustration for many people, partly because it can be difficult to understand what it does.

The United States has three branches of government: Congress, the President and the Supreme Court. Each branch has different responsibilities and duties. Congress creates the laws that govern America and the states. Its members are elected by citizens and its bills must be approved by both houses of Congress before they become law. The President can sign or veto these laws. If he vetoes the bill, both houses must pass it again with two-thirds of the votes in each chamber to override the president’s veto.

The Executive Branch makes sure that all of the laws made by Congress are followed. It also makes decisions about foreign policy and national security. The Supreme Court judges whether the laws passed by Congress are constitutional. This branch of the government is like a referee in a game, making sure that all parties are following the rules and that no one person has too much power over others. If the judicial branch finds that a law is unconstitutional, it will be struck down by the courts. This ensures that the laws are fair and equal for all people. This is called the principle of separation of powers. This principle is at the heart of a democratic society. Without it, democracy cannot work. This is why the Founders of the United States set up a constitutional republic.