The national deficit and healthcare are the two most important issues to me. Security, education, and the economy are also important and interrelated to my main issues of concern. Since 1974, the national deficit has grown in terms of total balance every year except 1996-2000 per the Congressional Budget Office. Since Congress by law controls the budget, we will need a Congress, backed by the President, who will either find ways to drive revenue up, decrease costs or a combination. There may be a correlation between having one party controlling the Executive Branch and the other the Legislative which helps control deficit spending, but I need to do more research on looking at the deficit numbers in conjunction with GDP as just using total deficit can be misleading.