Yes, the record of the 2000s looks better if you treat the bust as some kind of exogenous event caused by overbearing government.
But in that case, you also have to treat the real-estate bubble as an exogenous event.
exogenous ex·og·e·nous (ěk-sŏj'ə-nəs)
Originating or produced outside of an organism, a tissue, or a cell.
Having a cause external to the body. Used of diseases.
Originating or produced from outside an organism, tissue, or cell. Compare endogenous.