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The size and role of government are two very important factors and can be difficult to pin point exactly The role of government plays a huge part in society by establishing all sorts of standards for living Standards for things like monitoring of our hospitals food industries environment human behavior and even out burials So you can say government has been there regulating and controlling parts of our lives from our birth to our death United States government has always played a large role throughout history ever since the creation of the US Constitution The size of government has been decreasing greatly as our economy has been increasing The balance in America now lies between the public and the private sectors with the private sector doing more of the spending The private sector is businesses of firms owned by individuals or shareholders Large businesses like IBM and Microsoft are examples of the private sector These corporations sell goods and services like cars and computers or haircuts and dry cleaning The public sector includes the following executive office legislative bodies courts and administrative agencies at 3 different government levels the federal state and local levels They are owned by government and are run by elected and appointed officials They are funded mostly through taxes and the issuing of bonds Examples of this include the military state motor vehicle agencies and city fire departments These companys deliver goods and services that can not be owned by any one single person like environmental protection Now that we know what the private and public sectors are we can begin to discuss the balance The balance of the government now accounts for less then one third of the national economy Two thirds of this amount is the general spending or about 18 of the GDP Total federal spending is the 18 percent of the full 28 percent that government spent in the year 2000 The total state and local spending
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