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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'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
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
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
Mike Pence is getting a lot of flak for saying, 15 years ago, that he doesn’t dine with women alone (or go to events where alcohol is served unless he goes with his wife). Many people, most of whom already... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2017 at The View from Right Field
The Wall Street Journal wrote about “School Choice Deniers” in yesterday’s paper.1 The editorial notes that, while most studies of voucher programs show benefits for the students involved, opponents of the programs focus on those studies which show no benefits... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2017 at The View from Right Field
The Economist’s “Word of the Year” for 2016 was “post-truth.” Fact-checkers at major media outlets are doing a land office business. Concern about “fake news” is all the rage. The answer seems pretty simple. As Daniel Patrick Moynihan said: “Everyone... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2017 at The View from Right Field
During Donald Trump’s campaign for the presidency, he promised he would build a “beautiful” wall on the border between the United States and Mexico and that Mexico would pay for it. It was one of his guaranteed applause lines. He... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2017 at The View from Right Field
It’s a question a lot of Cubs fans may have this year – at least those of a certain age. For younger fans, especially those who have not been schooled in Cubs’ history by their fathers and mothers, while 108... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2017 at The View from Right Field
With everything happening, or not happening (in the case of the Republicans’ attempt to pass a new healthcare bill), in Washington, it is easy to miss things. Here’s one from earlier this week. A spokesman for the U.S. Central Command,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2017 at The View from Right Field
In trying to explain our slow growth since the 2008-09 fiscal crisis, Larry Summers, among others, talks about “secular stagnation.” The initial thought, after the 2008-09 crisis, was that “[o]nce the banks were bailed out, the stimulus spent, and businesses... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2017 at The View from Right Field
On Friday, Donald Trump had his first meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. At the press conference after their meeting, President Trump affirmed America’s “strong support” for NATO, though noting, as American presidents have for years, that NATO members need... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2017 at The View from Right Field