@kentuckycat - I completely understand where you are coming from. You can really see an example of this in the reaction of the two political parties in America after the "great recession." The Democrats were advocating the government have some control over the economy, and this was the reason for the stimulus package.
The Republicans were saying that they are too involved in the government. This is simply a classic case of the government having a bit of a laissez faire approach to the economy and then follow it up with being heavily involved after an economic catastrophe.