the only thing in all those lists that the federal government (ours) is mandated by the constitution to do, is provide for the common defense. everything else should be left to the states.
it is not the feds job to educate your kids, build your roads, or post your speed limits, yet they do all these things. it is not their job to pull you off your roof in a flood, or rebuild your city after a hurricane, yet we have come to expect that they will.
jerrymac is right. we have gotten what we asked for........
imagine how quickly government would shrink if states had to decide what was important and what was not, and had to do it with their own money!