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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
I’m away, but I wanted to comment on my Cubs season ticket invoice, which I received yesterday. It came with a note that we won’t be getting real tickets for the games this year. Everything will be on our so-called... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The View from Right Field
I'll be gone for a couple of weeks. I'll be back after Thanksgiving. Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2018 at The View from Right Field
The main thing we can say about the results yesterday is something we could have said before the election: Divisiveness and partisanship will increase next year, and political consultants will get even richer. Six months from now, everybody will look... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2018 at The View from Right Field
So, what do you do next Tuesday if you’re not a Democrat (and will probably never be as they move more and more to the left) and yet you’re appalled by much of what Donald Trump says and especially how... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2018 at The View from Right Field
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It seemed appropriate to "Fly the W" today. Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2018 at The View from Right Field
Dr. Robert Kagan has written a fascinating book on the future of American foreign policy: The Jungle Grows Back: America and Our Imperiled World. His main points are laid out in this excerpt available at Amazon.com: “The American-led liberal world... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2018 at The View from Right Field
In an interview with FT Weekend,1 former Federal Reserve chairman Janet Yellen said that, even though work on the post-financial crisis regulatory framework is yet to be finished, Washington is already moving to ease “burdens” on financial firms. Among the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2018 at The View from Right Field
With the 2018 World Series upon us, it is time, for Cubs fans, to look back two years. For Cubs fans, 2016 was the year. Cubs fans had waited 108 years for a World Series championship.1 Then, after one of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2018 at The View from Right Field
What’s worse (it’s easy until you think about it): (i) Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist, has been living in self-imposed exile for the last year, while writing articles critical of the Saudi government for, among others, The Washington Post. On... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2018 at The View from Right Field
The Mercatus Institute at George Mason University has once again ranked all 50 states according to their financial condition. The most recent ratings were based on 2016 reports and considered: Cash solvency. Does a state have enough cash on hand... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2018 at The View from Right Field
While Brett Kavanaugh has been confirmed as a justice on the Supreme Court, one assumes the controversy over his nomination will go on for a long time (forever-?), so it is probably not too late for me to make a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2018 at The View from Right Field
Unlike baseball, I have not written much about football. I was, however, a football fan a long time ago,1 which is why I noticed an obituary in Sunday’s newspaper for Jim Taylor, a Hall of Fame fullback, who played for... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2018 at The View from Right Field
Lawrence Summers, former President of Harvard University (and currently a professor there), as well as Treasury Secretary under Bill Clinton and director of Barack Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers, wrote in Tuesday’s Washington Post1 about a trip he took to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2018 at The View from Right Field
Theo Epstein has talked about the current Cubs team as having a window of opportunity to make postseasons and win World Series through 2021, probably because Kris Bryant is a free agent in 2022 and the Cubs have team options... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2018 at The View from Right Field
With the Senate’s confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh yesterday, the goal of balance on the U. S. Supreme Court has finally been achieved. With Justice Kavanaugh on the bench, we now have four justices who graduated from Yale Law School (Clarence... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2018 at The View from Right Field
I had written the first draft of this post before Theo Epstein’s press conference yesterday, and I will leave it pretty much intact below the break. But I need to lead off with the elephant in the room: The question... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2018 at The View from Right Field
In a column on the Brett Kavanaugh nomination last week (as everything was – and still is), Gerald F. Seib talked in The Wall Street Journal about the American people’s declining faith in the Supreme Court. Of course, this only... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2018 at The View from Right Field
Four years ago, I wrote a post asking “Can Americans Be Trusted With Campaign Finance Disclosure?” I noted that, while some people want to limit political spending either by limiting how much people can contribute or by limiting how much... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2018 at The View from Right Field
Illinois Democrats (or at least many of them) say Illinois needs a progressive income tax. Illinois Republicans (all three of them) say Illinois needs real pension reform. Both of these ideas require an amendment to the Illinois Constitution to be... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2018 at The View from Right Field
A commentary in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal bring up a fascinating point: The difference in ideas and policy between Donald Trump and the Trump administration. In this case, Ukraine. While President Trump doesn’t seem to care about Ukraine, and has... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2018 at The View from Right Field
Let me see if I understand the view that some people have. It didn’t matter what Bill Clinton was accused of doing when he was Attorney General and Governor of Arkansas. It didn’t matter what Teddy Kennedy did when he... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2018 at The View from Right Field
There actually are things going on other than the Great Brett Kavanaugh Nomination Spectacular. For example, Donald Trump is playing Tariff-O-Rama with China, and yet the Dow Jones Industrials and the S&P 500 hit record highs on Thursday, and the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2018 at The View from Right Field
Several comments on the Brett Kavanaugh controversy: 1. Almost regardless of what happens after this point, both Judge Kavanaugh and his accuser, whose name does not need to be repeated here, will, for the rest of their lives, be identified... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2018 at The View from Right Field
It looks like more hell is coming to one of the places that has had so much of it over the last seven or eight years: Syria. Bashar al-Assad, along with his Russian and Iranian allies, is ready to attack... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2018 at The View from Right Field
On June 4, the U.S. Supreme Court reversed the decision of the Colorado Civil Rights Commission that Masterpiece Cakeshop had violated the rights of a customer who asked Masterpiece Cakeshop to bake a special cake for a same-sex marriage. The... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2018 at The View from Right Field