Then, there are insightful people who see get to the kernel of the issue, like the following commenters on a post by Paul Krugman:
Paul said: "And it’s true, we did something like that too. [deficit spending] But guess who was in power then? Funny about that."
It's called "Starve The Beast."
Los Alamos, NM
I thought that running deficits even in good times was part of the "starve the beast" policy under Reagan and Bush I and II. Of course, it wasn't supposed to be a "kill the beast" policy, was it?