February 27, 1787
Dear Members of Congress,
I, George Washington, know that the Articles of Confederation are not working because it gives the states too much power. Each state is printing their own money. Congress canít make laws. Congress canít pay soldiers or other countries.
The first problem is that each state is printing their own money. It is hard for traders to trade goods from state to state because they canít use New York money in New Jersey. To fix this problem the country can print one currency.
Congress canít make laws to keep order. Congress canít do this because nine out of thirteen states have to agree on a law. Another thing Congress needs is someone to carry out the laws. This problem must be fixed so what you need to do is make two other branches of government to interpret and carry out laws and instead of nine out of thirteen change it to seven out of thirteen.
The third main problem is that the government canít pay soldiers or other countries. Congress wonít be able to pay American soldiers and soldiers from France that fought in the Revolutionary War. The government also wonít be able to pay future debts if they continue not paying taxes. To fix this we must make people give taxes, donít give them a choice
If you donít listen to what I am trying to my warning, you must think about the future .There would be thirteen separate counties instead of one superior country .We must come together to change this country for the citizens that will come after us.
Created by Terry Hongell, Pocantico Hills School, November, 2010