Cabinet Battle #1
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Cabinet Battle #1

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[

] Ladies and gentlemen, you coulda been anywhere in the world tonight, but you’re here with us in New York City. Are you ready for a cabinet meeting??? 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 [
Thomas Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson
] ‘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, cuz I wrote ‘em [
Thomas Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson
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James Madison
James Madison
] Oww [
Thomas Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson
] 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 [
Alexander Hamilton
Alexander Hamilton
] Not true! [
Thomas Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson
] Ooh, 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 cuz 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 [
George Washington
George Washington
& CROWD] Thank you, Secretary Jefferson That's my alcohol! Secretary Hamilton, your response [
Alexander Hamilton
Alexander Hamilton
] 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 A 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 cuz 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 the 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 [
George Washington
George Washington
] Excuse me? Madison, Jefferson, take a walk! Hamilton, take a walk! We’ll reconvene after a brief recess. Hamilton! [
Alexander Hamilton
Alexander Hamilton
] Sir! [
George Washington
George Washington
] A word [
James Madison
James Madison
] You don’t have the votes [
Thomas Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson
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James Madison
James Madison
] You don’t have the votes [
Thomas Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson
] Aha-ha-ha ha! [
Thomas Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson
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James Madison
James Madison
] You’re gonna need congressional approval and you don’t have the votes [
Thomas Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson
] Such a blunder sometimes it makes me wonder why I even bring the thunder [
James Madison
James Madison
] Why he even brings the thunder… [
George Washington
George Washington
] You wanna pull yourself together? [
Alexander Hamilton
Alexander Hamilton
] I’m sorry, these Virginians are birds of a feather [
George Washington
George Washington
] Young man, I’m from Virginia, so watch your mouth [
Alexander Hamilton
Alexander Hamilton
] So we let Congress get held hostage by the South? [
George Washington
George Washington
] You need the votes [
Alexander Hamilton
Alexander Hamilton
] No, we need bold strokes. We need this plan [
George Washington
George Washington
] No, you need to convince more folks [
Alexander Hamilton
Alexander Hamilton
] James Madison won’t talk to me, that’s a nonstarter [
George Washington
George Washington
] Winning was easy, young man. Governing’s harder [
Alexander Hamilton
Alexander Hamilton
] They’re being intransigent [
George Washington
George Washington
] You have to find a compromise [
Alexander Hamilton
Alexander Hamilton
] But they don’t have a plan, they just hate mine! [
George Washington
George Washington
] Convince them otherwise [
Alexander Hamilton
Alexander Hamilton
] What happens if I don’t get congressional approval? [
George Washington
George Washington
] I imagine they’ll call for your removal [
Alexander Hamilton
Alexander Hamilton
] Sir— [
George Washington
George Washington
] Figure it out, Alexander. That’s an order from your commander

📖 About

Secretary of the Treasury Hamilton and Secretary of State Jefferson engage in a cabinet meeting designated to a discussion of Hamilton's financial plan. Madison and Jefferson get sassy and taunt him, reminding him that for congressional approval he would need the majority of the votes, which he didn't have. Washington pulls him aside during a recess and tells him to cool it, and that though he was worked up he did indeed have to find his votes to avoid removal.

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Christopher Jackson
Lin-Manuel Miranda

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