In one of the most euphoric praises for Donald Trump and the president-elect's fledgling administration to date, overnight Bridgewater founder Ray Dalio said economic changes under the Trump administration may be more dramatic than shifts from “the socialists to the capitalists” in the U.K., U.S. and Germany from 1979 to 1982, and predicted that "we are about to experience a profound, president-led ideological shift that will have a big impact on both the US and the world."
Comparing Trump to Margaret Thatcher, Ronald Reagan and Helmut Kohl, Dalio said the incoming administration may have a much bigger impact on the U.S. economy than can be measured by tax changes and fiscal spending. The Trump era could “ignite animal spirits” and attract productive capital.
In his summary of Trump's economic policies, Dalio urges readers to read Ayn Rand "as her books pretty well capture the mindset. This new administration hates weak, unproductive, socialist people and policies, and it admires strong, can-do, profit makers. It wants to, and probably will, shift the environment from one that makes profit makers villains with limited power to one that makes them heroes with significant power."…
By and large, deal-maker businessmen will be running the government. Their boldness will almost certainly make the next four years incredibly interesting and will keep us all on our toes.The difference between Trump and Thatcher/Reagan seems to be populism. The US and UK are not emerging from a previous period of social democracy (New Deal) or democratic socialism (Old Labour). The US and UK are reacting politically to the inequality resulting from Reagan and Thatcher that goes under the rubric of neoliberalism. Bill Clinton and Barack Obama were more like Ronald Reagan than FDR, or even Nixon. Tony Blair was much more in the mold of Margaret Thatcher than Harold Wilson. Trump realizes that he has two years to do something significant for the middle class workers that voted him in, or his power base will crumble. If there is not significant economic improvement for workers in the 2020 campaign, he will lose his bid for reelection. Moreover, he will face a vicious opposition that will try to stymie his every move. Theresa May is in a similar position in the UK.
Ray Dalio Praises Trump: Predicts "Huge" Changes; It Will Be "Glorious To Be Rich"