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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
With all of the difficult issues around today, how long should we shutdown (assuming we should shut down at all), when should we re-open (assuming we should be re-opening), what should we do about China, when is baseball going to... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The View from Right Field
I have tried to be reasonable and understanding about the coronavirus, aka Covid-19, aka “this Pandemic.” First, they shut down baseball. Then, our trip to Germany was cancelled. Next, we couldn’t see our grandson in person. (FaceTime is great, but... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The View from Right Field
In a conversation with the Chicago Council on Global Affairs last week, former New Zealand Prime Minister and former head of the United Nations Development Programme1 Helen Clark said that, at the multilateral level, the world has not risen to... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The View from Right Field
May 15 has been a special day for me and the Cubs over the years. I wrote about the “Lloyd McClendon game” on May 15, 1989 here. I don’t need to say any more than I did there, except that... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2020 at The View from Right Field
How are we going to vote in November? No, not who are we going to vote for. Rather, what is the actual process of voting going to be? Wisconsin had a disaster of an election in April. The Democratic governor... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2020 at The View from Right Field
Peggy Noonan wrote an excellent article in Saturday’s The Wall Street Journal on what we need in this coronavirus world we are living in. Every day brings more bad news. And instead of our leaders knuckling down and doing their... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2020 at The View from Right Field
A year ago I wrote about what, at that time, I called “one of the new big things” in economics and politics: Modern Monetary Theory (“MMT”).1 I explained MMT by quoting from The Wall Street Journal: “Ms. Kelton2 argues the... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2020 at The View from Right Field
You have to feel a little sorry for Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn – or maybe not. Lt. Gen. Flynn was Donald Trump’s first National Security Adviser. In 2017, he was charged by Special Counsel Robert Mueller with lying to the... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2020 at The View from Right Field
With Covid-19 being all the news all the time, other things get missed. The 50th anniversary of the shootings at Kent State University on May 4 was one of them, at least for me. I was a senior at Eastern... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2020 at The View from Right Field
If we are going to cut our carbon emissions, to save the planet, we are told we need more housing density and more mass transit, and we need fewer single-family homes and fewer automobiles. But then came Covid-19, and the... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2020 at The View from Right Field
One of the great things about going to the Cubs Conventions with our kids was their having the chance to see and get to know Cubs greats from before they were born. You have already seen their pictures with: Billy,... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2020 at The View from Right Field
In an opinion piece in yesterday’s Financial Times,1 Gary Cohn, a former director of the National Economic Council under President Trump, said that, with coins and bills being potential carriers of Covid-19, he has stopped using cash, and he supports... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2020 at The View from Right Field
In today’s Chicago Tribune, Eric Zorn supports Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker’s argument that Illinois should get a bail out from the federal government because, in Governor Pritzker’s words, “we pay more in federal taxes in Illinois than we get back... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2020 at The View from Right Field
I was originally going to post about a book that Andrew Krepinevich wrote in 2009: 7 Deadly Scenarios: A Military Futurist Explores War in the 21st Century. Chapter 3 of the book was entitled “Pandemic.” While the cause of the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2020 at The View from Right Field
Business people all over the country are working from home. With phone calls, email, Zoom meetings, etc., business is being done from Tallahassee to Wenatchee, Austin to Boston. So why is Congress shut down? Leaders are passing bills by unanimous... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2020 at The View from Right Field
Fergie is one of the players that I have the most pictures of. Here is a picture from the 1994 Convention: Before I show more pictures, I wanted to mention one of the most moving experiences I have ever had... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2020 at The View from Right Field
I realize I write a lot about New Zealand, but when they get things right, why not. Here’s another thing the leaders in New Zealand got right. Last Wednesday, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced that she and the ministers in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2020 at The View from Right Field
At the end of March, the Federal Reserve announced it was establishing a temporary lending facility under which foreign central banks could borrow dollars by giving the Fed their Treasury securities. Such repurchase agreements, or repos, allow borrowers to temporarily... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2020 at The View from Right Field
No, this is not some 2020 version of Abbott and Costello. It’s a question about how the World Health Organization, and China, are doing vis-à-vis the Covid-19 pandemic. The answer is not good – or at least not nearly as... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2020 at The View from Right Field
Dr. Scott Gottlieb here and Megan McArdle here talk about what we need to have to be able to reopen the economy. The main point from both of them is that reopening isn’t going to happen as soon as one... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2020 at The View from Right Field
The first Cubs manager in my lifetime to win any championship. His 1986 baseball card: Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2020 at The View from Right Field
I posted some photos of Glenn from Cubs Conventions yesterday. Today, I wanted to add a few thoughts. Actually, there are lots of things I could write about Glenn, but I thought I would just mention three. First, at a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2020 at The View from Right Field
While I had planned to do Fergie next, with the sad news about Glenn Beckert today, here are photos of him from the 1992 (with Paul Popovich), 1998 (with Carmen Fanzone), 2000 (with Don Kessinger), and 2006 Conventions. I will... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2020 at The View from Right Field
Today’s photos are of Billy Williams, from the 1990 (with cameo appearances by Joe Girardi and Les Lancaster), 1997, and 2000 Conventions. Next Fergie. Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2020 at The View from Right Field
As we try to get through this crisis, we need to keep two things in mind: Mistakes will be made. We have to accept that, and we have to not blame the people who make them. We need to focus... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2020 at The View from Right Field