Austerity during a recession is about as logical as putting a malnourished patient on a starvation diet. Line up all the Nobel Prize winning economists, ask them if a recession demands austerity or stimulus, and… I’ll bet 80%+ will say stimulus.
The problem in a recession isn’t a lack of discipline, it’s a lack of demand. Put simply, people are spending less money on… stuff. So companies cut back production of stuff. And workers who make the stuff start to lose their jobs.