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Pat Allen
I am a retired corporate lawyer, living in the Chicago suburbs, with a wife and two adult children.
Interests: Current events, the Cubs, reading, history, New Zealand
Recent Activity
There are many amazing things about the “Sandberg Game,” which was 33 years ago tomorrow. (Also here.) Ryne Sandberg hit home runs to tie the game off Cardinals closer, and future Hall of Famer, Bruce Sutter in consecutive innings (the... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The View from Right Field
Democratic Representative John Conyers, Jr., from Michigan has introduced a bill that would allow anybody, of any age, to buy into Medicare. The theory is “everyone loves Medicare,” so why not let people buy into it if they want to.... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The View from Right Field
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Supporters of single-payer healthcare in the United States often point to Britain’s National Health Service as a model of what we should have. There are many reasons why that is not so, but today I just want to ask one... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The View from Right Field
We were on vacation for most of May, so we weren’t here to see that the leaders of our state government were basically on vacation in May, too. Once again, Illinois has failed to pass a budget. As I stated... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The View from Right Field
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Helmut Kohl, the German Chancellor who helped reunite Germany after the Berlin Wall came down, has passed away. Chancellor Kohl served as Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany from 1982 to 1998 and was the longest serving chancellor. When... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2017 at The View from Right Field
Reports on the shooting of Republican congressmen and others at a baseball practice yesterday before the annual Congressional baseball game say that the number of those killed and wounded would have probably been higher if two members of the Capitol... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2017 at The View from Right Field
Solving Illinois’s budget problems is going to take sacrifices by everyone. Illinois has been spending more than it takes in for a long time. At some point, Illinois is going to have to take in more than it spends. It’s... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2017 at The View from Right Field
After the terror attack in London Saturday night, President Trump tweeted the following: “At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is ‘no reason to be alarmed!’” Except, here is what London... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2017 at The View from Right Field
We just returned from 3½ weeks in England and Wales. In a somewhat amusing turn of events, after spending almost all 2016 watching the Chicago Cubs instead of the presidential campaign, we wound up in Great Britain during their 2017... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2017 at The View from Right Field
I'm on break until the end of May. See you then. In the meantime, listen to Eddie Vedder sing "Someday We'll Go All the Way," knowing that we did: Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2017 at The View from Right Field
A couple of weeks ago, Daniel Henninger wrote in The Wall Street Journal that you shouldn’t look for the theory of Donald Trump’s foreign policy by comparing it to other theories, such as neoconservative, Scowcroftian realist, or (my words) an... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2017 at The View from Right Field
Perhaps the funniest reaction to Donald Trump’s new tax plan has been that of Democrats from states with high state and local taxes, objecting to President Trump’s proposal to abolish the deduction for these taxes. President Obama talked all the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2017 at The View from Right Field
What is there to say about Donald Trump at 100 days? Probably the biggest thing is to note his comment that he did not realize how hard the job was going to be. When was the last time we had... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2017 at The View from Right Field
In trying to make its first 100 days look good, the Trump administration is highlighting its record of rolling back federal regulations on things from education to land use to federal purchasing rules. (See also here.) Federal rules prohibiting states... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2017 at The View from Right Field
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By now, many of you have probably seen Chris Coghlan’s slide/dive over Yadier Molina last night in St. Louis. If you haven’t, here it is. Take a look: It was a great play, and it’s great we can share it... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2017 at The View from Right Field
Green energy is all the rage. We have to save the planet, after all, and green energy is the way to do it. It may cost money, but it’s worth it – especially when you don’t have to pay for... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2017 at The View from Right Field
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The Wall Street Journal reported last week on China’s GDP growth rate for the first quarter of 2017. It seemed to be big news that quarterly growth rate (i.e., the change from the quarter a year earlier) was 6.9%, an... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2017 at The View from Right Field
For years (decades; maybe even centuries), administrations have used leaks from “unidentified sources” as a way to test out ideas, send signals or warnings, etc., both to the public and to other governments. The leak gets the idea out, without... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2017 at The View from Right Field
In a post last week, I talked about what I understand to be North Korea’s main goal in its foreign and domestic policy: maintaining Kim Jong Un in power, and how that goal is driving North Korea’s nuclear weapons and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2017 at The View from Right Field
With the Cubs only 7-7 after fourteen games, some people are already starting to worry. Obviously, it is what Cubs fans do best. However, people need to realize that repeating is hard. Actually, even getting back to the postseason, let... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2017 at The View from Right Field
I have written frequently about the idea that “government should not be a risk business has to manage” (inter alia, here and here). The front page of today’s Wall Street Journal has an article about the problems health insurers are... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2017 at The View from Right Field
Donald Trump has attacked Syria with cruise missiles because of its use of chemical weapons (chemical weapons that it supposedly got rid of and agreed not to use). What happens next, as Bashar al-Assad continues to bomb Syrian cities he... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2017 at The View from Right Field
I suppose it is appropriate that a World Series game 7 victory that was delayed by a 17-minute rain delay would lead to a World Series banner-raising ceremony that was delayed by a rain delay – though I wouldn’t have... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2017 at The View from Right Field
There has been more than enough hypocrisy on both sides of the debate regarding the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court and the attempted filibuster of it. Still, I had one question for Democratic Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2017 at The View from Right Field
Well that was interesting – and different. The President said Syria crossed a red line, “a lot of lines,” using poison gas to kill over 80 people, and then, the next day (if not the same one), he authorized a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2017 at The View from Right Field