On March 4, 1804, the author of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson was elected president. Though, unlike the nations' first president, Jefferson's approach was more relaxed and informal.
We need to put the Federal Government on a "diet"!
Jefferson's presidency was a game-changer as he got rid of many practices that Washington and Adams had used. He sought out to restore principles of the revolution he thought were fading from the government.
Jefferson believed that the federalist government had too much power, and that they raised unnecessary taxes. Jefferson supported the repeal of all internal taxes, he even went as far as firing all federal tax collectors.
Jefferson "put the Federal government on a diet", meaning he cut budgets and put an end to unnecessary taxing. He put his secretary of treasury to work, and cut the armyś budget in half. He did the same with the Navy and reduced the budget in 1802.
Jefferson's presidency was based on reducing the size of government, public debt, encouraging expansions of states rights supportinghe deveopement of agriculture and playoing downthe roled of the federal government
I want to help the nation save more money!
In the end, Jefferson made many changes to the government that cut costs. Although in the future, Jefferson's cuts to the military backfired when the British attacked.