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After the Constitution of the United States of America was created and when George Washington became president the first treasurer Alexander Hamilton and the first secretary of state Thomas Jefferson had different beliefs on the government This contrast of Hamiltonian and Jeffersonian principles thus separated the people into two parties the Federalists and the Democratic-Republicans Overall Thomas Jeffersons democratic ideas were correct First one of Jeffersons main beliefs was that the government should promote the general welfare of the entire nation as stated in the preamble of the Constitution Observing that the The natural progress of things is for the government to gain ground and for liberty to yield Bender 78 Jefferson realized that the powers given the national government by the Constitution needed to be interpreted narrowly and placed his trust in the land and the people who farmed it He believed that the purpose of government was to assure the freedom of its individual citizens If the government wasnt given much power then a majority of the people who were essentially the lower class and the farmers could benefit from the spread of powers among federal state and local levels of government Hamilton on the other hand still thought that the government should favor the members of the upper class who could not be able to work in the best interests of the much larger lower class Second Jefferson was right when he argued that funding should be equal and beneficial for the entire nation not only profit the wealthy and large business Jefferson the elder son of a Virginia planter did not believe that the federal government should pay off the state debts because the smaller states that still hadnt paid off their debts from the war would be relieved of a major burden while the larger states like Virginia received nothing He wanted the states to keep as much authority as possible in dealing with money so that the national government
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