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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
We have a couple of things coming up, so I will be off for a month or so. In the meantime, Go Cubs. And, in honor of its 55th anniversary, here is "Hey Hey Holy Mackerel": Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The View from Right Field
The following appears in the Letters section of the Financial Times on May 20, 2024, under the heading “Chinese cars face a wall of protectionist measures”: “Joe Biden has imposed 100 per cent tariffs on Chinese-built electric vehicles. Donald Trump... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2024 at The View from Right Field
Today is Ascension Day, which commemorates Jesus Christ's ascension into heaven. The date varies from year to year, because it is 40 days after Easter (counting Easter as day one). It is, therefore, always on a Thursday. And this year... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2024 at The View from Right Field
A couple of weeks ago, the Federal Trade Commission adopted a new regulation which outlawed employee noncompetition agreements on a nationwide basis. I don’t like noncompetition agreements, and I think that employers today are overusing them. California has prohibited them... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2024 at The View from Right Field
The Chicago Tribune had an article yesterday about reports from the Illinois Office of Executive Inspector General detailing instances of state employees, especially in the Department of Human Services, fraudulently claiming money under the Covid era Paycheck Protection Program. What... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2024 at The View from Right Field
Constanze Stelzenmuller wrote in the Financial Times this past Tuesday, in an article entitled “Don’t relax. Europe – the US hard right isn’t finished yet,” that the isolationist Republican right is not going away just because Congress has finally has... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2024 at The View from Right Field
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Kenny Holtzman, who pitched for the Cubs from 1965 through 1971 and 1978-89 passed away yesterday. I have so many memories of Kenny. Let me mention two. The first was September 25, 1966. It was the game he pitched against... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2024 at The View from Right Field
The Wall Street Journal had a long article on the situation at the US’s southern border on Tuesday.1 The Financial Times had one on Europe’s problems Thursday.2 The thing that is clear from both articles is that the asylum systems... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2024 at The View from Right Field
The following letter appeared in the Letters section of the Financial Times today (April 5)1: “Janan Ganesh concludes his column on the difficulties of getting Europe to spend more on defence (Opinion, March 27) with a quote attributed to what... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2024 at The View from Right Field
In a recent news review,1 one of the commentators said that, because Trump has made the world part of our political fracas, the political rhetoric now, during the campaign. may be more dangerous for America, and foreign relations. than what... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2024 at The View from Right Field
The Financial Times reported on Friday: “The US has urged Ukraine to halt attacks on Russia’s energy infrastructure, warming that the drone strikes risk driving up global oil prices and provoking retaliation, according to three people familiar with the discussions.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2024 at The View from Right Field
In 2014, a former cabinet official from both the Obama and George W. Bush administrations wrote that Joe Biden had "been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades."1 Even though this... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2024 at The View from Right Field
Back in January I wrote a post about “The Advantage of Living in Illinois.” As I said, there aren’t many advantages of living in Illinois (other than grandchildren and the Cubs), but there is one: In a Biden-Trump presidential race,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2024 at The View from Right Field
As we look at all of the problems in the United States and wonder how we are going to deal with them, perhaps we should give a thought to a country with just as many problems: China. Recently, I have... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2024 at The View from Right Field
In his proposed budget for 2024-25, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker is proposing to eliminate the 1% state sales tax on food. The Governor and the legislature did this before, on a temporary basis, when they were all running for election... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2024 at The View from Right Field
Paul Ryan said this in 2011 when he was trying to reform entitlement spending. Ultimately, he couldn’t get it done, though he tried and he didn’t let the possibility of losing his job stop him from trying. He did get... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2024 at The View from Right Field
Supposedly the voters don’t want a repeat of Trump-Biden (or is it Biden-Trump) in November. I wonder. While most voters don’t want Trump, it might be that a majority of Republicans do – or at least they think he is... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2024 at The View from Right Field
Back in the 1950s, one of the big political issues was “Who Lost China?” The Chinese Communists had won the civil war against the Nationalists in 1949 (Chiang Kai-shek retreating to Taiwan), and then North Korea invaded South Korea in... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2024 at The View from Right Field
The federal deficit for the first quarter of Fiscal Year 2024 (i.e., October through December of 2023) was $507 billion, so what did the Republicans and Democrats in the House of Representatives do? They passed a tax cut, of course.1... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2024 at The View from Right Field
At one point during the first Trump administration1, I gave up (or at least cut back) on complaining about what he was doing both because it was becoming too time consuming and because the Democratic alternatives weren’t any better. Well,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2024 at The View from Right Field
I wrote posts with this title (or at least this idea) during the Obama administration (here and here) and the Trump administration (here). (Since this blog only started in April 2006, I might not have written one about the George... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2024 at The View from Right Field
President Biden is campaigning hard on the idea that former President Trump is a threat to democracy. I understand why he is doing this. President Biden does not have great approval ratings, so he has to play to his strength... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2024 at The View from Right Field
Back to the Cubs Convention after a four-year break. I went in 2020, just before Covid. There were no conventions in 2021 or 2022 (because of stupid Covid), and then I had a little issue last year. So, it took... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2024 at The View from Right Field
According to last Monday’s Wall Street Journal: “The Washington stalemate over U.S. policy at the southern border is beginning to reverberate on the Ukraine battlefield, where Kyiv’s troops are running out of ammunition and the Pentagon says it can’t provide... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2024 at The View from Right Field
Sometimes I wonder why I keep living in Illinois. What with the political corruption (do I really need to list it all?), the incompetent governments (see, inter alia, the mindboggling debt of the public employee pension plans and the “progressive... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2024 at The View from Right Field