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Unformatted text preview: In his first message to Congress, Jackson laid out an ambitious set of goals: eliminating the national debt, rotating government jobs, evening out tariffs, removing Indians west of the Mississippi, and reforming the Second Bank of the United States. All seemed simple tasks on the surface but contained issues fraught with pitfalls. Jackson felt that eliminating the debt would allow the government to distribute the budget surplus to the States and bolster businesses across the country. As for the tariff, Jackson had to walk delicately. The Tariff of 1828, passed by Jackson supporters, had divided the nation: Northerners felt tariffs were necessary to protect their manufacturing, but Southerners saw them as an unfair subsidy to the North at the South's expense. Jackson, at this point, was unwilling to weigh in one way or the other, and merely referred the issue to...
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- Fall '08