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Funding the National Debt
"The Budget Opened," by Sen. William Maclay
"The Budget Opened," by Sen. William Maclay of Pennsylvania
(Philadelphia Independent Gazetteer, February 6, 1790--Courtesy of the Library Company of Philadelphia)

Congressional opponents and newspaper writers attacked Hamilton's report from many angles. Some disliked specific proposals, while others expressed general opposition to its political and economic implications. In this newspaper article William Maclay, Hamilton's most active and vocal opponent in the Senate, analyzed the implications of the report for the public soon after its publication.

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