Final Thoughts

Final Thoughts

Written by John Packard

One more day in Chicago before I head back to my office in Florida. I have been attending the CRU North American Steel Conference.

CRU Principal Economist Lisa Morrison spoke about President Trump doing what he promised he would do on the campaign trail. “If he said he is going to do X, then we have to assume he is going to do X.” She went on to say, “The narrative doesn’t change until the person changes.”

I was speaking with an attorney who represents the domestic steel mills and we talked about the sanctions against China. He told me that there is a parallel between Reagan and Russia when the U.S. basically chose to outspend Russia on weapon systems. He then said what the U.S. is doing now is betting we can outlast China when it comes to how large a deficit each country can tolerate. He told me China can print money without oversight. The U.S. deficit is now $1 trillion per year. He did not know who will blink first. But, as Ms. Morrison noted above, “The narrative doesn’t change until the person changes.”

In my opinion, President Trump is right, previous administrations did not confront the Chinese and their theft of technology and trade secrets. Changing the stripes on the zebra is going to be difficult.

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