Does the government meet the needs of the people?

There are many different arguments for how the government meets the needs of the people. Some would say that the government meets all of its needs and others would mock the government for how little it actually accomplishes. It really depends on the person. The government faces a lot of pressure to try to accommodate everyone’s wishes, although it is simply impossible to do so, which creates some unfairness among citizens. Often, when there is a majority of democrats representing government leadership, the democrats will feel as though they have more of their needs met, and vice versa for the republicans. There is so much responsibility put on the government that can’t all be dealt with, therefore, there must be some give and take from each individual. Additionally there are so many factors that could be calculated into “need”, depending on one’s thoughts and beliefs, that the answer to whether the government meets the needs of the people can only be determined on an individual basis.

Since July 4th, 1776, the date that marks the independence of the United States, the United States has fought for the freedom of all of its citizens. As of May of 2016, the government has provided, in addition to freedom, a system of education, retirement plans, transportation networks, energy supply, national defense, health systems, and that’s just to name a few; the list goes on and on. So there is clear evidence that the government focuses its attention on its people. I mean it was created for its people. Now the question is if those meet the needs of the people. The government isn’t supposed to baby people and take care of everyone from birth to death, it is just a mechanism to aid people in their daily lives. In that sense of the question, the government definitely meets people’s needs.

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Now there are people that would argue that all of those benefits are great but they don’t directly impact everybody. For example, the government says it focuses on keeping people healthy yet there are thousands of homeless people with no shelter at night, no food on the table and no health care to cure illness. The answer really depends on what degree of need one thinks to. It is most often the case that the wealthier the person, the less government intrusion they would like because they have money to fix their problems. Whereas the less wealthy people are often the one’s wanting the most benefits so that they can attempt to live an equal life as the wealthy people do, which makes sense because they are all citizens of the same country and therefore deserve similar treatment.

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There are obviously arguments to both sides of the question. In my opinion, the government meets the needs of the people. Now, could it do better? Certainly, there is a lot of room to improve considering that other countries around the world have much better systems of education and healthcare. The U.S. just seems to focus a lot of its energy on defense rather than the systems that I just mentioned, but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t meeting the needs of the people. To conclude, everybody has a different viewpoint on what the needs of the people should be, therefore it is really up to each individual to decide for themselves whether the U.S. has or hasn’t met the expectations.

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