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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
Today is the 79th anniversary of D-Day It is also the 60th anniversary of the "Lindy McDaniel game." As I wrote here, for Cubs fans of a certain age, before there was the Sandberg game, there was the Lindy McDaniel... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The View from Right Field
It is amazing to a lot of people that Donald Trump actually has a pretty good chance of getting re-elected President in November 2024. If you haven’t been paying attention, and there are a lot more enjoyable things to think... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The View from Right Field
Several more drones attacked Moscow on Tuesday.1 Ukraine has denied that the drones are theirs, though I would certainly have no problem if Ukraine was sending drones to attack Moscow. Russia is attacking Kiev and so many other cities in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2023 at The View from Right Field
Last October, Governor J.B. Pritzker was campaigning for re-election on his stewardship of Illinois and its budget. Things were so good he was sending out checks from the state, just in time for the election, to people who had paid... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2023 at The View from Right Field
Actually, I first heard the answer to the question, “How do you know economists have a sense of humor?” from the EconTalker, Russ Roberts. I don’t know if he came up with it, but since I heard it first from... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2023 at The View from Right Field
I’m sorry to keep harping on the failure of sanctions, but it’s important because they are not working, or at least not doing enough, in Russia’s war against Ukraine. As I mentioned here, there were two articles in the Financial... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2023 at The View from Right Field
A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a post asking: “Can Even More Sanctions Beat Russia?” My answer was no. More evidence to support this view came last week in both the Financial Times and The Wall Street Journal. The... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2023 at The View from Right Field
Senator Marco Rubio (R, Fla.) wrote an Op-ed in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal, “No More Subsidies for Junk Food,” proposing a ban on the use of SNAP monies, i.e., food stamps, to buy soda (called “pop” where I’m from) and... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2023 at The View from Right Field
In a week of big news (for example, Matt Mervis made his major league debut with the Cubs yesterday), one of the more bizarre stories was the “attack” on the Kremlin by two drones. The Russians blamed Ukraine, accusing them... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2023 at The View from Right Field
Yesterday, the so-called ComEd Four were convicted. The four included a former state legislator and long-time lobbyist who was a big friend of former Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, a couple of ComEd1 executives, including a former CEO, and a... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2023 at The View from Right Field
The Financial Times reported on Tuesday that the United States is proposing to the other G7 countries that they replace the current sector-by-sector regime of sanctions against Russia with a ban on all exports to Russia except for a few... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2023 at The View from Right Field
Joe Biden announced his reelection bid in a video released on Tuesday1, saying “It’s time to finish the job.” The snarky response would be: Well, it makes sense that you need more time. Things take longer when you get old.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2023 at The View from Right Field
The Wall Street Journal has a long article about the Defense Department’s effort to get rid of the A-10 Warthog in today’s paper. The title of the article, “Why Is America Still Flying the A-10 Warthog, a Cold War Relic?,”... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2023 at The View from Right Field
Finland officially joined NATO on yesterday, becoming the 30th 31st* member of the alliance. And yesterday, a Kremlin spokesman said that Finland’s membership was an “aggravation of the situation” and “an encroachment on Russia’s security.”1 I suppose it is true... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2023 at The View from Right Field
On November 3, 2020, I was thinking that the most significant event that day might be the Chinese government’s decision to cancel the IPO of Jack Ma’s Ant Group Co., and not the U.S. presidential election. Mr. Ma had given... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2023 at The View from Right Field
Joe Biden is doing a pretty decent job in Ukraine, but he could be doing better. In fact, if we want Ukraine to prevail, we need to be doing better. Americans are still supporting Ukraine – so far. But how... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2023 at The View from Right Field
If “once is precedent, twice is tradition,” then bank bailouts are now tradition – though they might have already been tradition if the 1980s bailout of the savings and loan industry constituted bank bailout number one. In any case, we... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2023 at The View from Right Field
I have some other stuff to do. I'll be back about the Ides of March. Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2023 at The View from Right Field
This is a letter to the editor published in the Financial Times on today under the heading quoted above: “The title of your Big Read on energy ‘Big Oil: still profits before planet’ (February 11) was misleading.1 Regardless of what... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2023 at The View from Right Field
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said, while in Brussels earlier this week, that the West hopes better training will help Ukrainian forces to use less ammunition and artillery in defending against Russia’s attacks. Russia is already using up to four times... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2023 at The View from Right Field
If you support Ukraine in its war with Russia, if you think the United States needs to defend Taiwan’s right to choose if it unites with China, then you need to support more money for defense. The Russian attack on... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2023 at The View from Right Field
The headline on Sunday’s Chicago Tribune read: “Pension debt, property taxes and budget holes: Huge financial problems await next Chicago mayor, whoever wins.” My question is: How is that different than the situation that faced Mayor Lightfoot when she was... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2023 at The View from Right Field
Donald Trump kept confidential/secret documents from when he was president. Joe Biden kept the same kind of documents from when he was vice president. And so did Mike Pence. (Not surprisingly, former President Trump was the most obstreperous about it,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2023 at The View from Right Field
Ukraine is, at last, getting some tanks. But consider how long it took for everybody to agree, and it’s going to what even longer for them to finally get delivered. How much more could Ukraine have accomplished if they had... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2023 at The View from Right Field
Today is International Holocaust Remembrance Day, except people don’t. After the Holocaust, the pledge was “Never Again” – except it happens again and again. Last Saturday’s Wall Street Journal had an article on “The Communities That Risked Everything to Rescue... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2023 at The View from Right Field