Jonathan Decker


Jonathan Decker is the Chief Economic Correspondent for TheNationalPulse.com.

Last week, Andrew Yang became the latest Democratic presidential candidate to endorse one of the craziest policies to emerge this election cycle: “Democracy Dollars.” The premise behind “Democracy Dollars” is that taxpayer funding should be redistributed to political candidates — regardless of whether or not you agree with them — as this would create a […]


Pundits and politicians are vociferously debating the health of the U.S. economy, but one subject that isn’t up for debate is the health of the world economy — it stinks. Economic growth has slowed precipitously in China, India, Germany, France, U.K., Italy, Japan, India and much of the developed world. For now, the U.S. is […]


During Donald Trump’s recent campaign rally in New Mexico, the president made headlines when he told the audience, “We really think we’re going to turn this state and make it a Republican state.” As per usual, Trump’s remarks were met with jeering from the liberal media, who noted that a Republican presidential candidate hasn’t won […]


One of the great accomplishments of the Trump era was the Janus decision — a 5-4 Supreme Court ruling, supported by Trump-appointed Justice Neil Gorsuch, which ruled that non-union public sector workers cannot be forced to pay union fees as a condition of employment. This decision is similar to right-to-work laws which extend these freedoms […]


I’m going to do what the media won’t — talk about Andrew Yang. Despite being “the hottest candidate this side of Elizabeth Warren” right now, Yang was allotted less than 8 minutes of speaking time during last night’s 3-hour Democratic debate, the least of any candidate in the field. This marginalization of Yang follows a […]


Welcome back from Labor Day weekend! I hope it was a great one for all our readers. I was out in Texas for the first time, and as a good conservative, it pains me to be back in the swamp! But, lucky for us, this shortened work week did provide us with some exciting economic […]


Recently, the stock market has been on a wild ride after trade war escalations including the U.S. labeling China a currency manipulator, the announcement of $550 billion in new tariffs, and a confusing tweet ordering U.S. manufacturers to make contingency plans to relocate from China. As Steve Forbes noted on Fox Business, the stock market is […]


Like many institutions in government, the Federal Reserve has dramatically increased in size and scope since its inception. The Fed was originally established to be a lender of last resort, then expanded its charter to a “dual mandate” of maintaining dollar stability and minimizing unemployment through monetary policy, and currently has oversight over banks and […]


In a recent appearance on Fox News, supply-side economist Arthur Laffer was asked to give his assessment of the global economy after a week of market turmoil due to tariffs and currency devaluation from China. Laffer does not view the United States as having an immediate risk of recession, but he warned that the rest […]


As the Democratic candidates prepare for the second round of presidential debates Tuesday and Wednesday night, here are four key candidates whose economic agendas I’ll be watching for: Joe Biden Biden will likely come out swinging after his last debate performance was broadly criticized for appearing overly tired. On economic issues, I am most looking […]


On Thursday, the House of Representatives passed a new budget agreement that would explode federal spending by an additional $320 billion over two years in a bipartisan vote. Most disappointingly, the budget deal really amounts to the final nail in the coffin repealing “sequestration” — the hard fought (yet entirely non-draconian) spending restraint won by […]


This week we had some interesting economic developments in both monetary policy and regulatory policy. Here is a look at the top stories you should pay attention to: 1) House Democrats vote to raise minimum wage to $15 per hour. Yesterday House Democrats voted almost unanimously in favor of raising the federal minimum wage to […]


As President Trump is finding out this year, House Democrats have been an enormous roadblock to his America First agenda. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has not only stalled immigration reform and infrastructure talks, she’s also joined the conspiracy choir in hurling insults at the President long after his exoneration from charges of Russian collusion by […]


One of the more awkward moments to emerge from the first 2020 Democratic presidential debates occurred when Senator Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) attempted to walk back her support for banning every single private health insurance plan in America. During the debates, Democrats were given the mother of all lay-up questions when moderators asked candidates to raise […]


Today, gold surged to a six-year high following signals from the Federal Reserve that rate cuts could be coming as soon as next month. While some believe that a more dovish Fed would be bullish for economic growth, the recent spike in gold prices offers a more cautionary note. RealClearMarkets editor John Tamny explains: To […]


Recently, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) unveiled a proposal that would cap credit card interest rates at 15 percent. As you probably surmised, enacting a proposal like this into law would be the economic equivalent of bombing the U.S. credit market. Heck, I have a cash-back credit card in my wallet […]


Next week, Donald Trump will award the Presidential Medal of Freedom to “the Godfather of supply-side economics,” Arthur Laffer. Trump’s decision to bestow America’s highest civilian honor on Dr. Laffer is one for enormous celebration, as few have contributed more to American prosperity than he has. Arthur Laffer came to prominence in the 1970s by […]


In a disappointing setback for an administration that has promoted greater economic freedom, reports indicate that Trump’s Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission are investigating four of America’s most successful businesses for anti-trust violations. The Hill reports: The federal government’s top antitrust enforcers, the Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission (FTC), have reportedly […]


Stocks were rocked yesterday after China’s People’s Daily newspaper published an editorial warning that China could restrict exports of rare earth minerals if trade tensions continue escalating. This threat spooked markets because rare earth minerals are critical components of everything from smart phones to batteries to defense technologies — and the U.S. is highly reliant […]


One of the stranger policy ideas to emerge ahead of the 2020 presidential election is Democrats’ newfound insistence that our tax dollars be used to support their candidates. First there was H.R.1, Democrats’ flagship legislation in the 116th Congress. As I previously reported, this bill would (among many, many other awful provisions): …use your tax […]