Anyone who had a classical education in liberal arts, history, and such would easily recognize that any crisis is very good - for government. War allows a government to grow. Crisis response, be it a Wall Street panic, a natural disaster, or terrorism, allows government to grow. It is like a slowly growing tumor, relentlessly and patiently expanding and crowding out healthy tissue - in this case, individual liberty. Doesn't matter which party is in power - government will grow.
The Faustian bargain is that any time a person wants something from the government, that person gives up some liberty in exchange. It used to be that people were educated enough to understand this. Now? The answer is obvious.