Is the U.S. government working in the best interest of the people?
The U.S. government's job is to protect its citizens, be it from enemies or floods, bullets or storms, terrorists or tornadoes. The federal government is working in the best interest of the people since we elect our own senators and representatives to Congress. In this republic, voters take destiny in their own hands. If our leaders and government fail us, it is our job to find a suitable replacement within the law.
The current government is to worried about making it fair for everyone. They are stifling work ethic, breeding class warfare, handing out 'free' stuff like it is candy and creating a huge portion of the population dependent on government handouts to survive. We as a people need to be responsible for ourselves. When I was young I did not have a 50 inch TV, I had to work for it, save my money. Today everyone expects things, and I feel the classic example of that is the "free" cell phones. This will be the death of this country, entitlements will kill this nation, and someday we can all put our hands out and ask China to support us.
They are working in the best interests of big businesses and the rich.
No, the U.S. government is not working in the best interest of the people. If they were, then they would be less concerned about foreign matters and focus on domestic issues. The fight against 'terrorism' is also contrary to the values of our Constitutionally guaranteed freedom. We have a right to privacy and a fair trial process, things that have been taken away from us to prevent 'terrorist' acts against us. By 'protecting' us, they have also destroyed our freedoms.
Ultimately, it seems that government is really influenced by the economic factors, both private and international, and are driven by this need to be a superpower amongst nations. I feel that government does try to help its people, but it is inevitable that governments will generally maim people with certain policies for the betterment of the country itself. I feel like people have their interests heard and met more with local governments, and those voices are lost amongst the larger parts of government.