The Secretary makes reports Whene'er the House commands him But for their lives, some members say They cannot understand him. In such a puzzling case as this What can a mortal do? ~Tis hard for one to find reports And understanding too.

-- John Fenno offers a poetic comment on Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton's complex reports on the public debt, as cited in the "Gazette of the U.S." on February 23, 1793.

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