Cabinet Battle discussing Hamilton's financial plan
The French Revolution
Hamilton's three steps were to pay off all war debt, raise government revenues, and create a national bank. Overall, his plan was to strengthen the government. Hamilton wanted a looser view of the Constitution but Jefferson disagreed. He wanted a stronger view of the Constitution. Jefferson thought that since the Constitution said no national bank, that there shouldn't be a bank at all.
The conflict started when the government put a tax on whiskey and farmers from Georgia to Pennsylvania did not like that at all. Eventually, Western Pennsylvanian farmers got together and staged the Whiskey Rebellion against the tax. Hamilton then convinced Washington to enforce the tax.
In 1789, all this financial trouble made the French go against their own government and they were inspired by the American Revolution. Americans first supported this, but it turned into a massacre and killed many people. France then declared war with Britain and that put the United States in an awkward spot. Later, Washington says that the United States will be neutral.
Alien and Sedition Acts
Washington left after 8 years of being President. He got fed up with political quarraling but he did help everyone out by warning about political parties. Washington said that they could weaken the nation. He also warned people about foreign policies. He also wanted to let the next President know not to have any permanent alliances with any other country.
Once Washington left office, Franch and Britain were still at war. Three French agents took Americans aside to tell them the minister would hold talks. But, the talks could only happen if the United States loaned France $10 million and pay the minister a bribe of $250,000. The Americans refused.
The Alien and Sedition Acts were only to stop critics. All of the problems with France made Federalists and Adams very popular with the public. But Democratic-Republicans were with the French and said stuff about Adams in many newspapers. The Federalist Congress then pass the Alien and Sedition Acts so the critics would stop.