Neither major party understands the budgetary concerns and spending anymore however, which is another huge issue.
Honestly, I would say this is the true heart of all party division in the US. The budget. Since you money isn't limitless, you need to choose what to cut and what to fund, and your (general) party affiliation is primarily based upon what you think should be cut or what should be funded. All causes in the US move forward solely on the back of cash. I don't think there's an issue you can come up with that doesn't have money as its most basic need.
In general, I prefer to fund domestic programs...welfare, social security, healthcare, etc...and remain domestic-focused as opposed to foreign-focused. I'm more of an isolationist when it comes to the rest of the world. I don't support wars, regardless of their need. I basically think that if the US would stop fucking with other countries, they'd leave us the hell alone. We only need enough military to defend our shit...no need to be going out and actively attacking anyone. In my opinion, if no one's trying to invade us, then all of our soldiers should be in training, safe and secure.
I'm also against gun control, not because I have any particular hard-on for guns, but because I think the gov't needs to leave people the fuck alone. However, I do beleive that there needs to be a bureaucratic buffer in place, just to keep every dumbass from owning one. In my opinion, those who are gun enthusiasts (and I know plenty) would have no qualms about waiting 3 days for their latest piece, and I have no problems against them acquiring said piece. However, the same 3 day buffer would probably delay your average nut from getting pissed off at his wife, going to Walmart, then going home and shooting up said wife and whoever else happens to be around. I do agree that criminals will get guns no matter what, but I don't beleive in making it *that* easy. Going by the gun enthusiasts who I know personally, I don't think this viewpoint is unreasonable.