#1239 Original Argument

The question then became: Is a national bank constitutional?
— Thomas Jefferson, as portrayed by Clay S. Jenkinson

This week, we discuss the argument between Alexander Hamilton and Jefferson over the creation of a national bank of the United States. Hamilton believed a central banking system was essential to America's standing in the world. Jefferson disagreed, arguing that to take a single step beyond the powers of the constitution is to enter a field of boundless abuse. We speak with Jefferson about President Washington's support of Hamilton’s plan, a decision with ramifications that affect Americans to this day. 

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Further Reading

John Jacob Astor (Financier), signed check. From the National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian Institution, via Wikimedia Commons.

Checks and Balances, Jefferson, Checks and Balances

The Jefferson Watch

President Trump has denounced the U.S. courts that have thwarted his political agenda, including his attempts to ban some Muslims from entering the United States. He has threatened to break up the Ninth Circuit—widely perceived to be too liberal—and he has complained about the decisions of what he calls “so-called judges.”

Trump’s rhetoric is extreme, and perhaps irresponsible, but it is hardly unique. The Judicial Branch of the American government has annoyed or outraged American presidents from the beginning.

Read this week's Jefferson Watch essay, "Checks and Balances, Jefferson, Checks and Balances."

It’s not in our interest to pay much attention to the struggles and the squabbles and the chaos and the madness and the insanity and the superstitions and the corruptions of Europe.
— Thomas Jefferson, as portrayed by Clay S. Jenkinson

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