Everyone likes to obsess over the government's debts. But it is the debts of private citizens that should be your biggest concern.
During a boom, tax receipts go up and welfare payments go down. So the government debt can be reduced. If you want to blame the government for something, blame them for not saving during recent booms.
Now we are in a slump. Tax receipts will be down, welfare payments up. The government *should* be spending (responsibly...) to cushion the blow, but they actually have little choice in the matter. Austerity policies now would be a huge mistake. Taking money out of circulation, when the flow of money in the economy is already reduced, will just make a bad problem worse.