When even the hard-left socialists are asking how you're going to pay the bill, you know something extraordinary has just happened.
Ahead of Budget 2021, a Coalition official dryly commented that the Government would almost manage to spend more money than the Opposition was calling for. It's not quite there, but nobody can argue that this isn't an unprecedented Budget for unprecedented times.
The Rockefeller fellahs, Paschal Donohoe and Michael McGrath, threw cash all over the Dáil's temporary home of the National Convention Centre in Dublin city centre with a €17.75bn package.
Any suggestion of prudence went out the window. The whisperings about Donohoe and McGrath giving ministers a hard time frittered away.
Likewise, the notion that certain ministers were putting in a stellar performance in their negotiations. The purse-strings were opened and every minister was a winner.
Remarkably, the most lavish Budget in the history of the State was a dull affair.
The back-pocket impacts of those old reliables - taxes and welfare increases - weren't really a feature. Not too many people are waking up this morning trying to figure out if they are better off or worse off.
Nonetheless, passing a Budget is a fundamental role of any administration.
The danger attached to this date on the calendar was flagged for quite some time as having the potential for a blow-up between the partners and for revolting backbenchers to take flight.
The Coalition has avoided anyone going rogue. The political proofing ensured any potential rebels were bought off. It's not hard to sell a package where the spending is spread so thickly. Ironically, the Coalition needed a soft Budget to settle the nerves from backbenches to bases alike. There's one for everyone in the audience in here.
The Green Party can point to an increase in carbon taxes, motor-tax reforms to punish the bad and reward the good, and proper funding for a retrofitting programme to make homes more energy efficient.
Although any taxation cuts have had to be parked for another day, Fine Gael has got a renewed package of business supports for Covid-19, a National Recovery Fund to brace for Brexit and the hiring of extra gardaí.
While there aren't across-the-board welfare increases, Fianna Fáil can point to the deferral of the pension age, along with substantial funding for Sláintecare, affordable housing and hiring teachers to reduce the pupil-teacher ratio.
What a difference a decade makes. The last Budget speech delivered by a Fianna Fáil minister was from the late Brian Lenihan on December 7, 2010.
Budget 2011 was the most draconian in history with €6bn in spending cuts. Stepping up to read out the largest spending increase in history in Budget 2021, McGrath was spending three times that figure in increases. Times have changed but there are lessons from the previous crisis.
The Government has found it can put on a unified front. The first 100 days of the Coalition saw a series of efforts by Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the Greens to attach their own identity to being in Government, while distancing themselves from unwelcome developments.
It was less of a coalition and more three individual parties untidily stuck together going in separate directions. The turf wars didn't serve anyone well.
Joe and Josephine Voter doesn't care and sees all three parties as 'the Government'. The Budget presents a chance to show this coalition can actually function and learn a lesson about the value of cohesion. Instead of undercutting, undermining and usurping each other, the parties can stabilise their positions.
Nobody is arguing it's not right to prop up citizens and the economy, but this largesse cannot continue indefinitely.
The sting in the tail will be the payback postponed.
Much like coming out of the lockdown being more tricky than going in, unwinding any of these measures will be hugely problematic.
The expansion of 'The Big State' does come with financial and political costs.
Not only is the financial cost of Budget 2021 being postponed, but the political repayments will also be significant.
Unless the Government unravels the expansions of public spending in a post-Covid-19 and post-Brexit environment, commitments made in Budget 2021 will have medium and long-term implications for the Exchequer.
With such spending, there are definitely concerns about value for money. The return from targeted hiring of staff in specific areas of the public sector is reasonably clear, assuming they are delivered.
The immediate return from the spending on worker and business support is social and economic cohesion. However, while the pandemic supports will stave off businesses having to close because of Covid-19 closure, there is no guarantee the doors will stay open for long once the restrictions are lifted.
Covid-19 has sped up anticipated changes in sectors of the economy with a greater move towards online living. Donohoe says the Government's policy for small business is to give them every chance for "keeping going, surviving and getting to a better day".
That question over the viability of some firms being kept on life support is a bridge to cross another day. Beyond borrowing while interest rates are low and the ECB effectively prints money to allow countries spend through the crisis, a reckoning will come.
With this in mind, Donohoe is setting up a Commission on Taxation and Welfare to "independently consider how best the tax system can support economic activity and promote increased employment and prosperity, while ensuring that there are sufficient resources available to meet the costs of the public services and supports".
Again, the question of broadening the tax base will return. But that's an argument for another day when the free money dries up.