This recession was caused by all of us, not just the government.
Greed, from most of America and even some other parts of the world, caused this recession. People spending money they didn't have. Regular people and the government and even businesses, then getting screwed when that money started to become, at least in small parts. And the banks and others that loaned that money share some of the blame because they should have known those people couldn't pay back that money that was being borrowed. In some cases, they were counting on the people not being able to pay it back.