As we have learned, the U.S. economy is a market economy. It relies on the free market to determine what goods and services should be produced, how they should be produced, and who will receive them. The government does not make these decisions. However, the government does play a part in market economies.
Let's think about some of the ways the U.S. government participates in the economy.
The government does not dictate production or distribution for businesses or work to protect them. Its focus is to protect its citizens—the consumers.