And, after having slaughtered a whole forest of trees in order to bring us this startling news, Webb offers up his solutions to the many, many problems. They are, in no special order:
.......Well, actually he provides no solutions. Just as he did throughout his campaign, Webb carps. Nothing more. His 1,043 word scholarly treatise contains not one syllable in the way of suggestions or proposals that would allow for resolving what he preceives to be a nation-altering issue. Not even the obligatory mention of the minimum wage which, I remind you, applies to a whopping 0.5% of American workers.
So why did Jim Webb feel the need to write to the Journal? Perhaps he is of a mind with all the other Democrats sucking up oxygen in Washington DC these days who have lots of complaints but not one new idea. Or maybe he promised some union boss that he would focus like a laser beam on labor issues. Or maybe he continues to struggle to impress upon us how smart he is. Or perhaps the reality of the moment is setting in and he wants to go back to being a novelist.
To that last thought, I can confidently respond: Soon enough, pal. Soon enough.