They each said the budget deficit was the nation's No. 1 problem.
Then I would say he has to get the budget deficit down.
The government has been running a budget deficit since 1988.
The budget deficit already is being cut by about $30 billion a year.
Among other things, they take the focus away from the need to bring down the budget deficit.
The federal budget deficit hit a record of $413 billion in 2004.
Even so, the budget deficit will be at least $250 billion.
The increase has been held up because of the state's budget deficit.
Between 1933 and 1941 the average federal budget deficit was 3% per year.
The tax was part of an effort to cut the state's growing budget deficit, which is now nearly $15 billion.