Shall I continue? Or just read the Constitution and you'll see a list of the critical services and enforcement needs. It's very finite, though subject to abuse (as any human set of rules is), but it's not just an item or two.
Actually, the Constitution enumerates a very limited list of things that government is chartered to do. It is much more abbreviated than all of the things you just listed. Today though, it sees to have its hands in every aspect of life and commerce and has put taxpayers 16 Trillion in debt as a result. Waste fraud and corruption is rampant. It's just not very efficient at so many things it does and, unfortunately, appears to have to answer to no one.
An entity that must balance its books, make a profit and answer to shareholders is a better environment for in more ways than one. It also leaves the individual the freedom to choose another among other entities that might provide a similar service or product at perhaps a better value.
Every item I listed is in the US Constitution.
Court System = Article III
Coining money and regulating value thereof = Article I, Section 8
Regulation of interstate commerce = Article I, Section 8
No fees for ships going from one state to another = Article I, Section 9
and so on
If there's one I listed that's not, please point it out to me with specifics. Otherwise, I recommend reading the whole thing, or at least all of Article I. It can be found here: http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/constitution_transcript.html. You might be surprised at the number of things even just I.8 enumerates, and how broad some of them are.
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