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Repudiation — Discrimination - Redemption[ edit ] Alexander Hamilton portrait by John Trumbull With sources of revenue legislated, Congress proceeded to address the pressing issue of public credit. Proposals to default on the loans were termed partial- or full "repudiation".
Many of these were combat veterans who, demobilizing in had been paid in IOUs — "certificates of indebtedness"  or "securities" not to be confused with the worthless Continental currency or bills of credit  and redeemable when the government's fiscal order had been restored.
These called for paying the original holder of the security at full value, and reimbursing the current holder of the security for its purchase price. The combined payments would, however, exceed the denomination of the original certificate.
Rather than seek to liquidate the national debt, Hamilton recommended that government securities trade at par so as to promote their exchange as legal tender, equivalent in value to hard currency. With economic prosperity, these enterprises would more easily carry their tax burdens and provide the revenue to service the national debt.
The fact that devalued certificates were relinquished by holders at low rates even after the news was received reflected the widely held conviction in the South that the credit and assumption measures would be defeated in Congress. The value of government certificates continued to fall months after Hamilton's scheme was published, and "the sellers speculated upon the purchasers.
In his address to the House on February 11,he characterized Secretary Hamilton's "redemption" as a formula to defraud "battle-worn veterans of the war for independence"  and a handout to well-to-do speculators, mostly rich northerners, including some members of Congress. Of this, it might be called the invigorating principle.
Hamilton's "assumption" promised to obviate these conflicts. The "gentlemen planters", who cherished local autonomy and limited government enlisted the support of lower-middle class "artisans and western farmers", who favored democratic government and majority rule.
In addition, the newly issued bonds provided a circulating currency, stimulating business investment. The interest alone on the national debt consumed 40 percent of the national revenue between and Setting the highest possible standard, he has been called "one of the greatest administrators of all time.
In Hamilton released a third report, the Report on Manufactureswhich encouraged the growth and protection of manufacturing. Hamilton's First Report on the Public Credit and his subsequent reports on a national bank and manufacturing stand as "the most important and influential state papers of their time and remain among the most brilliant government reports in American history".The ongoing economic recovery and concerns over the long-term fiscal outlook of the United States illustrate the importance of Treasury’s role in financing the obligations of the country.
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The analysis of public debt which was dominant in the s and s, as a result of the Keynesian and post-Keynesian emphasis on deficit financing combined with the confusion between debt issue and money creation, was subjected to critical attack in the late s and early s.