However, not all agree that government debt is to be universally feared. Some feel that the debt incurred during a stimulus from the central government, along with the various types of payment programs will move the economy in a positive direction. Others strongly feel otherwise. If debt is seen as bad, needing reduction to prevent it from hurting the economy, two schools of thought show up yet again. One group says reduce taxes and the scope of government, even to the point of eliminating entire federal departments, and the economy of the private sector will grow, generating jobs, income, consuming and taxes. The other group sees tax increases, particularly on higher incomes, and unearned incomes (capital gains and such) as the way to cut the debt. These folks go back to the idea that too much cutting and austerity will keep the economy down.
I think we are dealing with unique times, and old recipes may not work. We need to look at everything and we need to compromise and talk to each other, not at each other. I also think we need to admit that much of the time during this crisis, we don't have a clue what will really work.
One other thing: I was chastised by conservatives when I suggested those receiving unemployment should be put to work on behalf of the country. I still think that if we are going to have the government cutting checks for people, they might as well get some service in return. Especially in the laboring trades; God knows there is enough infrastructure to fix. Is this a viable thought?