I dislike Trump as much as I dislike Hilary personally if not more. But I think he's got it mostly right on many of the issues, or at least those I think are most important.
Immigration: He's a little too tough on illegal immigration, and comes across like a racist ass, but he's got it mostly right. Proper, effective enforcement of current laws allow immigration to act as a function of the job market. Allow as many immigrants as our job market can afford. Illegal immigration floods the job market with too many workers. Unemployment rises. Downward pressure on wages. Jobs may need to be created or augmented through government stimulus which costs tax money. The job market shouldn't have to account for immigration, immigration should account for the job market.
Healthcare: Trump wants to repeal Obamacare and it should be. For professional reasons, I've had to attend continuing education seminars where this issue constantly comes up. Obamacare's "savings" were front loaded, and projected savings are expected to shrink while costs to insurers rise, with premiums to follow. Also many (all?) state-funded insurers (welfare) no longer bear the full burden of the costs. The federal government pays for a portion of the cost, the state picks up the rest. Guess what fund that federal tax money comes from? Medicare. So, your sweet grandparents and welfare losers are competing for resources out of the same fund. This needs to be fixed, and the first step is to stop the bleeding. As is, Obamacare needs to be repealed.
Clinton, in addition to letting illegal immigrants flood the job market, wants to put them through college for free, as well as keep Obamacare coverage. This country already came close to defaulting on it's debt. Does she want to finish the job? Vote for her and find out! I'd bet you a thousand bucks, because I would have already moved to Paris, where my money won't be devalued to worthless due to hyper-inflation.
Guns: Trump's way off here (like all republicans). I believe in the second amendment, but not because I think guns are important, but rather I think ammendments are important. This one is outdated however. There was a time when perhaps being armed would protect against government tyranny (and native American tribes). it's no longer applicable. Owning a flintlock musket isn't going to protect you when now there are government agencies that can not only arrange a tragic accident upon you, but can erase your very existence. Hunting rifles and home defense pistols only. No assault rifles. No hand grenades. No bazookas. Unless you're in the military you don't need these. Yes background checks. Yes protected health information (screw HIPAA). No crazies. Give them a complete medical dossier if it prevents a psycho from getting a pea shooter. Guns must be in the hands of the right people.
Military: Parts of this world we live in ****ing scares me. Do we need military bases and soldiers stationed all around the world? Well I don't want to say no and be wrong. let's not pay them crap either. If someone is getting paid to keep my ass alive, I don't want that person to be disgruntled. I'm more or less aligned with Trump, but I think he might love nukes too much. Nobody should ever use them anywhere ever. If our arsenal is thirty-years old then good; they don't NEED to work, they just need to give others pause so they won't use THEIRS. This means don't fricking tell the world they are old and we need to replace them! Shame on you Trump! Way to show your cards.
Social issues: I'm indifferent. The above issues are way more important. If this were the '90s and our country had a surplus, and were (perhaps) safer on a global scale, then social issues would carry more weight than none at all.
In summary: it all boils down to classic republicans versus classic democratic ideologies (no surprises); republican being more important right now.
Carrie Matheson: So yes, I can roll with Trump. If it's Trump vs. Clinton, I WILL vote for Trump. I might change my mind, but i probably won't. Not unless there is a democrat (or anybody for that matter) that's hard on illegal immigration, repealling Obamacare, hates guns and won't shrink the military. As far as I'm aware, THAT candidate isn't running. But then again, the best person for the job is never a candidate. Trump will have to do I suppose.