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Yes, in a recession, in a situation more like the last part of the 20th Century.

It depends on the circumstances, and economies can get into trouble if the government does not cut back on spending in good times, but sometimes the market fails spectacularly, and government spending can be an effective way to soften the blow to the people living in the society. The goal would be not to completely change the business cycle, but to moderate it. It worked pretty well in Canada in the past few decades, before the financial crisis and global deflationary economy changed the context.