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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
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There actually are things going on other than the Great Brett Kavanaugh Nomination Spectacular. For example, Donald Trump is playing Tariff-O-Rama with China, and yet the Dow Jones Industrials and the S&P 500 hit record highs on Thursday, the Dow... Continue reading
Posted 7 hours ago at The View from Right Field
Several comments on the Brett Kavanaugh controversy: 1. Almost regardless of what happens after this point, both Judge Kavanaugh and his accuser, whose name does not need to be repeated here, will, for the rest of their lives, be identified... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The View from Right Field
It looks like more hell is coming to one of the places that has had so much of it over the last seven or eight years: Syria. Bashar al-Assad, along with his Russian and Iranian allies, is ready to attack... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2018 at The View from Right Field
On June 4, the U.S. Supreme Court reversed the decision of the Colorado Civil Rights Commission that Masterpiece Cakeshop had violated the rights of a customer who asked Masterpiece Cakeshop to bake a special cake for a same-sex marriage. The... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2018 at The View from Right Field
With the hearings on Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court starting,1 one of the questions will be about women’s right to choose/abortion. Will a Justice Brett Kavanaugh vote to take away a woman’s right to choose by overturning... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2018 at The View from Right Field
While Donald Trump has only been president for a little over a year and a half (it seems longer, doesn't it?), with the 2020 election starting in January of next year (assuming it hasn't started already), it is perhaps not... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2018 at The View from Right Field
When I got to Wrigley Field today, I noticed the American flag, on top of the scoreboard, in centerfield, was flying at half-staff. And before the National Anthem, there was a moment of silence. Because the Cubs know a hero... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2018 at The View from Right Field
With Bryce Harper having a bit of a down year in his free agent season, the question is whether his numbers this year are just a quirk, the kind of one-off bad season that stars sometimes have (see, for example,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2018 at The View from Right Field
I find the panic about “fake news” a little overdone. I understand there are a lot of news stories out there that aren’t true, but it’s been that way for a long time. The National Enquirer has been at my... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2018 at The View from Right Field
For a team that is leading the National League in batting average and OPS and is third in total runs scored, the last four games have not been what we want: one run in each game, a solo home run.1... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2018 at The View from Right Field
I am referring, of course, to the Georgia of Tbilisi, not Atlanta. Ten years ago today, during the Olympics in Beijing, Russia invaded Georgia. Robert Kagan recalls what happened: “Vladimir Putin struck one of the first major blows [against the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2018 at The View from Right Field
August 8 this year brings up two significant anniversaries. The first, which I have commented on before (and here), is the 30th anniversary of the first scheduled night game at Wrigley Field. I say “scheduled” because, while the game started,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2018 at The View from Right Field
I have talked before about how uncertainty can slow down the economy. Businesses won’t invest if they are uncertain what the future holds. During the Obama administration, uncertainty in regulatory matters, what the government was going to do, what new... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2018 at The View from Right Field
As Harvard professor1 Greg Mankiw says, the conventional wisdom is pretty clear on what caused the 2008 financial crisis: “In the mid-2000s, the nation experienced a housing bubble. A combination of stupidity, negligence and malfeasance led a bunch of Wall... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2018 at The View from Right Field
As the 2018 political campaign picks up speed (assuming it ever slowed down), Democratic presidential hopefuls are already planning for 2020. I don’t know if Donald Trump is thinking about 2020 yet, but given that he normally doesn’t seem to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2018 at The View from Right Field
Environmentalists are worried about Judge Brett Kavanaugh, Donald Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court. According to David Savage of the Los Angeles Times, “Environmentalists fear that if Kavanaugh joins the court, he would vote to block anti-pollution regulations for decades,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2018 at The View from Right Field
I'll be gone for the month of July. See you in August. Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2018 at The View from Right Field
One assumes the Federal Reserve is happy that inflation is up. After falling below the Fed’s 2% target for six years, the Commerce Department has reported the CPI for personal consumption items, excluding food and energy, was up 2% on... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2018 at The View from Right Field
It is interesting how things turn out. With Justice Kennedy retiring, President Trump has a chance to nominate a replacement, assuming he can find one acceptable to all 50 Republican senators1 and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell can get the nomination... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2018 at The View from Right Field
Long before Ron Chernow’s new biography of Ulysses S. Grant came out, or even before the reconsideration of Grant by historians began twenty years, I have found Grant’s story an inspiring one. Grant graduated in the middle of his class... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2018 at The View from Right Field
I don’t have enough time to write a proper post on this subject, but I cannot ignore the 70th anniversary of the first flight of the Berlin Airlift, on June 26, 1948. As I have said before, the story of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2018 at The View from Right Field
It looks like Donald Trump may be meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Vienna before the NATO meeting in mid-July. If they meet, I am sure President Putin will raise his complaint about Eastern European countries joining NATO. Given... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2018 at The View from Right Field
My father-in-law used to say that, for politicians, any publicity was good publicity – as long as they spelled your name right. It didn’t matter what the article said about you. If they spelled your name right, it was good... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2018 at The View from Right Field
­In May, FT Weekend had a long article on the increase in the number of payments being made electronically and asked, “Does cash have a future?” The subheadline read: “Electronic payment is quick, convenient, germ-free and can deter crime, from... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2018 at The View from Right Field
Robert Kagan writes in The Washington Post about Donald Trump turning the United States into a “rogue superpower”: “Since the end of the Cold War, it has widely been assumed that U.S. foreign policy would follow one of two courses:... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2018 at The View from Right Field