Cabinet Battle #1

Lin-Manuel Miranda

Ladies and gentlemen, you could have been anywhere in the world tonight
But you're here with us in New York City
Are you ready for a cabinet meeting, huh?

The issue on the table, Secretary Hamilton's plan to assume state debt and establish a national bank
Secretary Jefferson, you have the floor, sir

Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness
We fought for these ideals, we shouldn't settle for less
These are wise words, enterprising men quote 'em
Don't act surprised, you guys, 'cause I wrote 'em (ow)

But Hamilton forgets
His plan would have the government assume state's debts
Now, place your bets as to who that benefits
The very seat of government where Hamilton sits

(Not true)

Oh, if the shoe fits, wear it
If New York's in debt, why should Virginia bear it?
Uh, our debts are paid, I'm afraid
Don't tax the South 'cause we got it made in the shade
In Virginia, we plant seeds in the ground
We create, you just wanna move our money around
This financial plan is an outrageous demand
And it's too many damn pages for any man to understand
Stand with me in the land of the free and pray to God we never see Hamilton's candidacy
Look, when Britain taxed our tea, we got frisky
Imagine what gon' happen when you try to tax our whisky

Thank you, Secretary Jefferson
Secretary Hamilton, your response

Thomas, that was a real nice declaration
Welcome to the present, we're running a real nation
Would you like to join us, or stay mellow
Doin' whatever the hell it is you do in Monticello?
If we assume the debts, the union gets new line of credit, a financial diuretic
How do you not get it, if we're aggressive and competitive
The union gets a boost, you'd rather give it a sedative?
A civics lesson from a slaver, hey neighbor
Your debts are paid 'cause you don't pay for labor
"We plant seeds in the South. We create." Yeah, keep ranting
We know who's really doing the planting
And another thing, Mr. Age of Enlightenment
Don't lecture me about the war, you didn't fight in it
You think I'm frightened of you, man?
We almost died in a trench
While you were off getting high with the French
Thomas Jefferson, always hesitant with the President
Reticent there isn't a plan he doesn't jettison
Madison, you're mad as a hatter, son, take your medicine
Damn, you're in worse shape than the national debt is in
Sittin' there useless as two shits
Hey, turn around, bend over, I'll show you where my shoe fits

Excuse me, Madison, Jefferson, take a walk
Hamilton, take a walk, we're gonna reconvene after a brief recess, Hamilton


A word

You don't have the votes (you don't have the votes)

Aha-ha-ha ha

You're gonna need congressional approval and you don't have the votes
Such a blunder sometimes it makes me wonder why I even bring the thunder

Why he even brings the thunder

You wanna pull yourself together?

I'm sorry, these Virginians are birds of a feather

Young man, I'm from Virginia, so watch your mouth

So we let Congress get held hostage by the South?

You need the votes

No, we need bold strokes, we need this plan (no, you need to convince more folks)

James Madison won't talk to me, that's a nonstarter

Ah, winning was easy, young man, governing's harder

They're being intransigent

You have to find a compromise

But they don't have a plan, they just hate mine (convince them otherwise)

And what happens if I don't get congressional approval?

I imagine they'll call for your removal


Figure it out, Alexander, that's an order from your commander

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