Wednesday, September 09, 2009

The Sarah Palin ghostwriter

It seems that Sarah Palin's coherent and wonky Wall Street Journal columns are not fooling anyone. These are not the words of the woman who brought you "Denali, the great one", which does make one wonder about the media ethics of the Wall Street Journal editorial page. But here's a clue --

A new study for Watson Wyatt Worldwide by Steven Nyce and Syl Schieber

Watson Wyatt helpfully has a link up to the paper --

Productivity Rewards and Pay Illusions Caused by Health and Retirement Benefit Cost Increases

Steven A. Nyce and Sylvester J. Schieber

Whoever wrote Palin's column is familiar enough with Sylvester Schieber to call him Syl. So the pool of suspects likely narrows to the list of Republican-leaning labour market experts, probably based in Washington and with stints in the Bush administration. There aren't that many of those people.

UPDATE: Tom Maguire wonders if Sarah has been reading Mickey Kaus, which can be taken as another hint of the reading habits of whoever actually wrote the piece.