Personally do not have a problem with Rudd putting the Budget into deficit - just as long as net Commonwealth debt is no more than $20 billion or so. However, in putting it into deficit, at least spend the money on some structural reforms such as lowering the company tax rate for example. For mine, a recession is not a disaster, but a high unemployment recession is. To that end, in cutting company tax, at least there is some pressure taken off employers and hopefully they will retain staff for longer than they otherwise would. The good news, in terms of unemployment, is that even if the country dips into recession, costs on business now are not as high as during the last recession, when interest rates were incredibly high.