Here are the primary problems...they have been present for years when either party were in power, with majorities and minority representation, and neither side fixes them. Now they promise they can, but it never happens and they blame it on the other.
Now given the affiliations of the democrats, it is hard to say out loud that you are a democrat, if you have any conservative thinking, because they are the party of the poor, gays and immigrants.
Now it easier to be a republican becuase they blame your problems on the poor and immigrants, and claim they are going to correct these problems, when they know they can't but you will vote for them because they speak as if they know your pain.
People like to say democrats are young because they pay no taxes and once they get older the will vote different. Lot of truth in that. Doesn't mean they are voting what is best for their situation but this is a fact. See once we start making some money, we are quick to say if the government didn't take from us we would have more. True statement, but both parties take and spend, but the republicans promise less taking and spending, when they don't mean it. But these newbees to making money are your voters, and how best to get them on your side than tell them you feel their pain. It's not fair for a wellfare receipent to have what you have and not pay for it when you are worring about making a payment.
Now lets get to the real truth. Republicans want these bums to have phone because it helps AT&T, but they want tell you that. They want the democrats to be the wasters of your money, when really the republican waste just as much but not in ways that have been polorized to us. The republicans promise tax cuts when they know they can't give them. The truth of the Bush tax cuts were that the country was in a good position when Bush took office and he was able to pass the tax cuts, that ultimately hurt the country, when he should have used this presumed excess to reduce debt. Clinton should have focus on debt reduction too, but that isn't really popular except before an election.
I assure you neither side will cure or help any of the problems listed above, but I assure you democrats will do more for the middle class than republicans, but you have to be part of the party of gays, poors, etc.