Sequestration Hits Library of Congress

  • Just as other areas of the government are being hit by the enforced spending cuts called sequestration, the Library of Congress is also suffering. The New York Times (3-May-2013) reports that it is falling behind in processing the 2,000 some copyrights that are submitted each day, and its digitization budget for this year is halved. Read the full article to appreciate the mission of the Library of Congress and the budgetary impact that could take years to repair.
JDN | 4-May-2013

By 1789 many of the Federalists, particularly Hamilton, had no confidence whatsoever left in the virtue or the natural sociability of the American people as adhesive forces: to rely on such wild schemes and visionary principles, as radicals like Jefferson and Paine did, to tie the United States together, the Federalists said, was to rely on nothing. Hence Hamilton and the other Federalist leaders had to find things other than republican virtue and natural sociability to make the American people a single nation.

Tying people together, creating social cohesiveness, making a single nation out of disparate sections and communities without relying on idealistic republican adhesives — this was the preoccupation of the Federalists, and it explains much of what they did — from Washington’s proposals for building canals to Hamilton’s financial program.

Gordon S. Wood
The Idea of America: Reflections on the Birth of the United States (2011)