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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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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
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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
In 1971, Ferguson Jenkins started 39 games and completed 30 of them. In 1974, he started 41 games and finished 29. In both of those seasons, he completed more than four times the number of complete games that any team... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2018 at The View from Right Field
If, as the old Vulcan proverb says, only Nixon could go to China, is it possible only Donald Trump can solve the problem of North Korea’s nuclear weapons? In a joint statement with Kim Jong Un, President Trump has agreed,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2018 at The View from Right Field
There are many things one could say about the lead up to and aftermath of the G-7 summit. Let me go with just two. First, Henry Kissinger once said, “America has no permanent friends or enemies, only interests.” Donald Trump... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2018 at The View from Right Field
In an interview in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung weekly, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said: “America is and remains the superpower, but at the moment it doesn’t recognize multilateral agreements in all areas, as shown by the decision to leave the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2018 at The View from Right Field
It will be interesting to see how the commentariat reacts to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, which was announced today. While at least some supporters on both sides of the issue will... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2018 at The View from Right Field
They are starting to rebuild in Houston after Hurricane Harvey, and there are disputes about how and where to rebuild. Here are some excerpts from a recent Washington Post article: “‘What are we going to do in these neighborhoods that... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2018 at The View from Right Field
On Wednesday, the NFL announced a policy providing, as I understand it, that all players on the field when the National Anthem is played must stand and show respect for the flag and anthem. Players who do not want to... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2018 at The View from Right Field
Robert Maranto, a professor at the University of Arkansas and member of the Fayetteville school board, wrote in The Wall Street Journal Tuesday, about the need to both significantly increase teacher pay and improve teacher quality. Professor Maranto suggests increasing... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2018 at The View from Right Field
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 May 21, 2018 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