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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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Richard Thaler, winner of the 2017 Nobel Prize for Economics, was asked what somebody should do if they woke up, turned on the TV, and found that the stock market had fallen by three percent. Dr. Thaler’s advice was simple:... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The View from Right Field
Yesterday’s Chicago Tribune had an excellent column by Kristen McQueary on pet owners’ abuse of the rules on comfort animals. I have just one caution about Ms. McQueary’s article: Businesses should be careful before denying anybody the right to bring... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2018 at The View from Right Field
With all of the sex scandals, and worse, appearing these days involving politicians, entertainment figures, and business leaders, I want to make one thing perfectly clear with respect to Bill Clinton, Monica Lewinsky, and President Clinton’s impeachment. I can’t speak... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2018 at The View from Right Field
The media are aghast at the payments companies made to Michael Cohen for consulting services with respect to the Trump administration.1 Apparently, even Robert Mueller is investigating some of the payments.2 Which raises the question: What kind of rock have... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2018 at The View from Right Field
With California already being one of the most expensive housing markets in the country, what is the only sensible thing to do? Make housing more expensive, of course, which is what California is on course to do. Last Wednesday, the... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2018 at The View from Right Field
Alan Blinder, former vice chairman of the Federal Reserve and member of Jimmy Carter’s Council of Economic Advisers, listed three questions for the Federal Reserve in last Friday’s Wall Street Journal: “First, given the current state of the economy, should... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2018 at The View from Right Field
A few comments on President Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Iran nuclear deal: 1. Nobody can say that President Trump didn’t tell us he was going to do this. The only surprise, I suppose, is it... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2018 at The View from Right Field
I normally write about politics and current affairs, with an occasional post on more important things, like baseball. This post is about another more important thing: opportunity cost. Wow, you are probably saying, that sounds exciting. Actually, it is –... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2018 at The View from Right Field
Everybody has heard of the Nobel Peace Prize. Over the years, it has honored people for doing great things. Teddy Roosevelt in 1906 for negotiating the end of the Russo-Japanese War, George Marshall in 1953, Norman Borlaug in 1970 for... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2018 at The View from Right Field
The Wall Street Journal has an editorial today about the federal Job Corps program. A new report by the Labor Department’s Inspector General apparently raises questions about whether the Job Corps is doing any good; i.e., whether it is really... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2018 at The View from Right Field
We have previously had ODS and BDS (i.e., Obama Derangement Syndrome and Bush Derangement Syndrome [George W. Bush, that is]). ODS and BDS can be explained as stressing out over President Obama or President Bush all the time, thinking that... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2018 at The View from Right Field
The United States Supreme Court heard arguments yesterday in South Dakota v. Wayfair, a case involving the question of whether a state can require a retailer to collect its sales tax even if that retailer does not have a physical... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2018 at The View from Right Field
There have been, and will continue to be, all kinds of comments on former FBI Director James Comey’s interview broadcast yesterday on “Sunday on ABC.” What Mr. Comey said about Donald Trump. What President Trump tweeted about Mr. Comey. I... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2018 at The View from Right Field
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Here is Scott Stantis’s cartoon in today’s Chicago Tribune on the “Illinois Exodus,” i.e., all the people leaving Illinois: If the brain drain tax doesn’t work, here’s another idea: a wall. Not like President Trump’s wall, however. President Trump’s wall... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2018 at The View from Right Field
Megan McArdle wrote about trust, and in particular social trust, in a recent article on “The left’s Denmark envy.” The reason for the left’s “Denmark envy” is fairly obvious: generous welfare benefits, social liberalism, and high taxes. Plus Denmark doesn’t... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2018 at The View from Right Field
It is hard to comprehend how bad President Trump’s recent tweets about Syria have been. First, though, let’s go through the sequence. April 8: “Many dead, including women and children, in mindless CHEMICAL attack in Syria. Area of atrocity is... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2018 at The View from Right Field
This is truly sad. Paul Ryan was one of the most principled and thoughtful members of Congress. Instead of tweets and unrealistic positions, he actually tried to make a difference. He pushed for programs to actually help people who needed... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2018 at The View from Right Field
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As I head to Wrigley Field today, it brings back memories of my first Cubs home opener - in 1975, also against the Pirates. The game was delayed by two days because of snow, and there was still snow under... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2018 at The View from Right Field
At least, that is what Donald Trump tweeted back on March 2. I don’t think it true, but as the U.S. and the Chinese counter to each other’s latest tariff increases, I hope President Trump keeps a couple of things... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2018 at The View from Right Field
As the world seems to going pretty much to he** in a handbasket, an argument can be made that Republicans who did not vote for Donald Trump are the lucky ones. When Democrats come up with more of their ideas... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2018 at The View from Right Field
Donald Trump probably wouldn’t like being told that any of his policies are like Barack Obama’s, and former President Obama probably wouldn’t like it either. But last Thursday, President Trump said, in what was apparently an unscripted aside, during a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2018 at The View from Right Field
Apologies to Steve Goodman, but baseball time is starting – in less than two hours. And it is time for my annual list of things to worry about, Cubs-wise. (The things to worry about non-Cubs-wise are so many, it’s not... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2018 at The View from Right Field
I like Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, and I was happy when Donald Trump appointed him National Security Advisor. I was, therefore, disappointed when he was fired and replaced by John Bolton. My initial reaction to Mr. Bolton’s appointment was not... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2018 at The View from Right Field
In my prior post, I talked about the tendency in foreign affairs to assume that things will continue as they have been. I looked at Russia and the risks that may come from Russia as it declines. The country, however,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2018 at The View from Right Field