Attitudes towards deficit spending are similar to those regarding masturbation: everybody does it, and no one admits it. To wit:
Somehow Germany is viewed as a bastion of fiscal rectitude while the U.S. is…ZOMG!!! TEH DEFICITZ!!11!! even though German public debt relative to the size of the German economy isn’t much smaller when compared to the U.S.
No, this does not make sense to me either.