I realized something. The right way for government to act in terms of spending is simple: Just do the opposite of what would be prudent for individuals! When things are good, rein it in, cut it back. When things are not so good, go to town!!!!
And it's that simple.
And some people will never get it. You know, the "a government should be run like a business" types. There's another name for them. But I won't use it here.