Government is a strong concern for many in a period of economic difficulty such as the world continues to experience today. Dan edited a commentary for a private client in 2004, well before the current financial crisis gripped the nation and the world. The assignment was to edit a presentation on what the government of the United States was, and how it works. Below is the first part of Dan's edited version of the material presented to him. Since that time Dan has contributed numerous articles on how and why the current system appears to be failing and what can be done about that.