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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
Back in April, I suggested another way to “game” the college admission process. Instead of paying bribes to college coaches to say they wanted a kid for their sport or to proctors to correct answers on SAT or ACT tests,... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The View from Right Field
I will be gone for a couple of weeks. I'll be back the middle of May. Go Cubs. Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2019 at The View from Right Field
The Wall Street Journal reports the United States is having trouble getting other countries to provide troops and logistical support for an effort to stop an ISIS resurgence in Syria. Hmm. I wonder why. Could it be that the request... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2019 at The View from Right Field
Before Attorney General William Barr releases the redacted report from Special Counsel William Mueller on Thursday, let me comment on the furor he caused last week when he told a Senate committee that he was going to have the Justice... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2019 at The View from Right Field
The last few weeks the news has been full of articles, and pictures (because some of those involved are celebrities and good looking), of people who cheated in various ways to help get their kids into Ivy League and other... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2019 at The View from Right Field
On Thursday evening, Ryan Crocker and Danielle Pletka spoke to the Chicago Council on Global Affairs on “How Effective Is America’s Middle East Strategy.”1 Mr. Crocker has been ambassador to, in alphabetical order, Afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon, Pakistan, and Syria.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2019 at The View from Right Field
Joe Biden is thinking about running for president. In fact, he recently just about announced, apparently by mistake, that he is running for president. But, as he has been getting ready to announce, he has been hit with a number... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2019 at The View from Right Field
Of course, he does, the cynic would say. It’s the best way to protect himself – and his money. In an Op-Ed in The Washington Post last week,1 Mr. Zuckerberg called for regulation of the Internet. Among other things, he... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2019 at The View from Right Field
The new big thing, well, one of the new big things, in the intersection of politics and economics is something called Modern Monetary Theory or MMT. One of the big proponents of MMT is Stephanie Kelton, an economics professor at... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2019 at The View from Right Field
NATO has a birthday coming up. On April 4, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization will turn 70. The North Atlantic Treaty was signed on April 4, 1949. Its first twelve members were Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2019 at The View from Right Field
After the murder of 50 people in Christchurch, New Zealand, by a white nationalist will not be named in this blog, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern immediately called for a new strict gun law, which will be passed next... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2019 at The View from Right Field
With all of the depressing blog posts lately (because they were dealing with current affairs), at least this this a good one – baseball season starts Thursday!1 In the words of Steve Goodman, “baseball time is here again, you can... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2019 at The View from Right Field
As Beto O’Rourke begins his campaign for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, he has also begun the apology tour that seems to be a necessary part of almost everybody’s campaign for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. As noted in The... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2019 at The View from Right Field
See this post in my other blog, "The View from Right Field." Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2019 at A Different New Zealand
While New Zealand has been in the news for other reasons lately, a hearing before the health select committee of the New Zealand Parliament last week should be of interest to those who think “Medicare for All,” or some other... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2019 at The View from Right Field
In the New Zealand parliament today, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern got it right with respect to how to respond to the murderer and terrorist who killed 50 people at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, on Friday. This is from... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2019 at The View from Right Field
In her Notebook column in Saturday’s Financial Times,1 Gillian Tett notes that auto loans, including “subprime” auto loans, have risen sharply over the past year. In addition, the number of delinquent car loans, especially in the subprime category, are rising,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2019 at The View from Right Field
Warren Buffet is one of the Democrats’ favorite billionaires. Mr. Buffet was a big fan of Barack Obama. When President Obama was in office, Mr. Buffet argued that taxes on the wealthy were too low and complained that he paid... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2019 at The View from Right Field
You can find my most recent post on my other blog, “A Different New Zealand,” here. Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2019 at The View from Right Field
Or should I say yet another tragedy in Christchurch. We visited Christchurch five years ago, at the end of our 5½-week vacation in New Zealand. At that point, in March of 2014, Christchurch was still recovering from the earthquakes in September of 2010 and February of 2011, the latter of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2019 at A Different New Zealand
Actually, the question may be “Isn’t 2020 That Way Already?” It seems pretty clear that Donald Trump will be the Republican nominee – if he decides to run, but back to that in a moment. First, the Democrats. The Democratic... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2019 at The View from Right Field
An article in last week’s Economist, “Bringing out the big guns,” described the shift in direction that is taking place in the U.S. military as it “prepares for life after the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.” Some of the changes... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2019 at The View from Right Field
Commentators left, right, and center are explaining, and complaining, about why Donald Trump’s summit with Kim Jong Un, Supreme Leader of North Korea, failed to reach an agreement. Cutting through all of the commentary, the main reason is because President... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2019 at The View from Right Field
While official Washington and its media are focused on Michael Cohen’s testimony before Congress yesterday that Donald Trump is a liar and racist and was deeply involved in efforts to pay hush money to Story Daniels, on the other side... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2019 at The View from Right Field