Of course they are completely the cause of recession.
Inflation: The invisible tax that steal from the private sector--- the government pumping out paper money into the system, out of the thin air, to buy real goods and services from private sector. Isn't it stealing? See my hub: Why Buy Gold?
Synthetic jobs: They create artifical jobs that meet no real demands of the market, and use our tax dollars to fund programs that they imagine are good. Entreprenuer knows that imaginations can often lose a lot of money. But no problem, the government can over spend anytime they want. Someone will pay the bill, i.e. the entreprenuer, the true producers.
Parkinson Law: The bigger the government gets, the more they create paper work and red taps within and among its agencies and departments. Each pocket of the government increase paper work, protocols, and inter-department emails for the rest of the government, and thus justifying the needs to create more synthetic jobs to handle those increasing paper work, protocols, and emails.
Policy driven economy: Such as forcing lenders and banks to lend to the poor because they aren't supposed to "discriminate" the poor. Thus creating this subprime mortgage, foreclosure fiasco. They (Clinton) also encouraged people to invest in the Internet in the late 90s. And big businesses regularly sending lobbists to the white house to ask for legislation that seems to regulate their industry but actually favor and protect their monopolies from rising competition from small businesses.
Heap of regulations: That stand in the way of true producers but protecting the incompetence. Regulation induced economic problems end up having government to point her fingers to the "greedy capitalists" and thus the excuse to create even more regulations.