What did the Federalists believe?
Federalists believed in a lean, strong national government. Those who supported the government were in control of the government led by Hamilton. People who were best suited would be those with educational experience, independence, and upper class status. They believed that the strong central government should preside in Washington D.C. and have authority over the states. Commerce, industry, business, manufacturing, banking, and an urban based capitalist economy were ways toward national global status. They felt that a national debt was a helpful thing. The Federalists came up with the trickle down idea that if the government promotes, supports, and protects big business, then wealth and prosperity will trickle down to the nation.