A reader writes:

Palin isn't looking for someone to research the best policy answers for her.  Even she would get an economics expert for that.  What a freelance journalist is good for is researching the most publicly popular reasons for the answers she already has.

It reminds me of a book by Douglas Adams, Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency, where a character creates an incredible piece of business decision-making software called "Answer".  You input all the information on your problem and possible options you can choose from, and it would create a logic tree to the optimal choice.   It was bought by the Pentagon and put under the Official Secrets Act after he made one tweak.  You could now put in the answer you wanted and it would produce the logical argument tree to get you there.  It was renamed "Reason".

It is a little hard to think of Sarah Palin developing a serious critique of "quantitative easing" in the last couple of months. Reagan figured out his economics over two decades of reading and speaking and radio talks. Palin got the equivalent of a Weekly Standard intern.

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