Debate over government deficits had dominated politics in the 2012 Presidential and Congressional elections yet it seems as though candidates have largely been avoiding the topic in 2015-16. Republican candidates are shying away from the federal budget deficit because they know their tax plans will likely add it. The American people are no longer finding the deficit to be a salient issue anymore. So why consider the deficit now? While it is true that the debt has decreased significantly, I am weary of determining the deficit a non-issue simply due to the consistency of a Google query.