Thanks for this finding and suggestion, David! I agree that this is a good strategy for the printed publications you'll find on By the People. And I really appreciate your thoroughly researched and reasoned evaluation!
As I noted regarding the dictation post, printed materials appear throughout the collections and many may be amenable to OCR. However, the determination of whether or not to OCR materials is made in bulk rather than at the item or page level, which is why OCR has generally not been applied to these materials within largely handwritten collections. We're working with Library of Congress digital specialist colleagues to determine if an alternative workflow could be created in the future, but either way, transcribing the printed documents allows us to create search for these pages now! Strategies of how to do that more efficiently are always welcomed!