Jonathan Decker


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

Here is an update on some of the recent stories that I have covered for The National Pulse: 1.) D.C. City Council unanimously votes to raise taxes on Uber…and a ton of other things. The Washington Times reports: The 13-member council approved funding Metro by raising the tax on ride-hailing services Lyft and Uber from […]


Before the start of this month, the prevailing narrative in the media (even among many conservative commentators) was that the millennial generation was an army of socialists-in-training. Pundits pointed to the rise of Bernie Sanders as evidence that millennials detested capitalism and would bring our economy to ruin if ever empowered. I attacked this “Communist […]


As Washington, D.C. residents and commuters are well aware, the D.C. Metro system is nothing short of a national disgrace. It is plainly embarrassing that a country built on free enterprise and housing the most productive workers in the entire world could, right in its capital city, possess such a disastrous, government-run transportation network. The […]


Last week, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) unveiled his plan (or half of one — more on that later) to create a new federal program guaranteeing “Jobs-For-All.” Sen. Sanders’ proposal would guarantee that every American worker could receive a government job that pays at least $15 an hour and includes health care benefits. It would seem […]


Recently, I had the pleasure of visiting Europe for the first time. It was a fantastic trip, and there were many things I loved about the continent, including its architecture, churches, mountains, food, and wine. My Instagram was totally lit. But amidst all these items that make Europe such an awesome place to visit, there […]


Recently, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a report stating the national debt will increase by an additional $1.9 trillion over the next 10 years due to Trump’s tax cuts. Unfortunately, while the growing national debt has led to hand-wringing from Republicans and Democrats, a logic-defying narrative has emerged on what is to blame. Therefore, […]


The stock market has been jittery recently amid trade war fears and the possibility of more government regulation for tech companies such as Facebook and Amazon. With the recent market turbulence, is there any hope that the Dow can shatter its all-time high of 26,616 this year? Short answer: Yes! In fact, if President Trump […]


Back in October, President Trump issued an executive order to give Americans a critical escape hatch from Obamacare’s soaring premiums and dwindling insurance options. Now, this same executive order faces significant risk of being watered-down by the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) regulatory swamp. The anchor of President Trump’s health care executive order […]


This week, Congressman Alexander Mooney (R-W.Va.) put the classical gold standard back into congressional purview with his introduction of H.R. 5404 and his excellent Wall Street Journal op-ed, “Steel and Aluminum? Let’s Talk About Gold.” The op-ed served to introduce the bill to the wider world. Adopting it would make the dollar legally convertible to […]


Recently, there has been increased discussion that Congress is gearing up for a “Tax Cut, Phase II.” This is a terrific development — a second round of tax cuts will reveal in bright colors which members of Congress are for and against more money in workers’ wallets. There are mountains of evidence to suggest that […]


This week, U.S. Representative Kristi Noem (R-S.D.) made headlines when she threatened to use a discharge petition to force a House floor vote on her Internet sales tax legislation. While some may find it strange that a Republican would use a rare procedural tool to raise taxes, Rep. Noem’s home state of South Dakota (where […]


President Trump rattled global markets this week after announcing his administration would pursue a new 25 percent import tariff on steel, and a new 10 percent import tariff on aluminum. To call a spade a spade — Trump’s tariffs amount to nothing less than a tax increase on American consumers. These tariffs will inevitably have […]


Last week, I was fortunate enough to be among the ‘fake news’ press pool covering the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. As always, the American Conservative Union put on an incredible event and, with speakers including Vice President Pence and President Trump, this was undoubtedly the most high-energy CPAC in […]


The Trump giveth and the Trump taketh? During a private meeting with lawmakers last week, President Trump signaled that he would be open to a 25 cent per gallon increase to the federal gas tax.  If your car has a 16 gallon gas tank (as many do), this would cost you an extra four dollars every time […]


Supply Side visionary Jeff Bell, who, at 74, suddenly passed away this past weekend, will be remembered by those who knew him for his quick wit, brilliant intellect, and unflagging moral courage. He, my friend and mentor, personified all that is best about politics. Bell’s 1978 Senate campaign in New Jersey (in which he unseated […]


Yesterday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average suffered its largest single-day point decline in history after tumbling 1,175 points. Compounding concerns, this sell-off occurred immediately after another large sell-off the previous trading day (Friday) where the Dow shed 666 points. Although the forces behind these changes are, of course, complex, here are the cliff notes on […]


Last week, the Commerce Department released a preliminary estimate showing the U.S. economy grew at 2.6 percent in the fourth quarter of 2017. This 2.6 percent expansion came as somewhat of a disappointment to economists, who anticipated a “hat trick” of 3 consecutive quarters of 3-plus percent growth, as well as to the New York […]


Despite the excellent budget put forward by President Trump last year, federal spending continues to flow in a business-as-usual manner — much to the frustration of taxpayers. The Republican Congress has continued the unfortunate trend of passing numerous, short-term continuing resolutions (CRs) to fund the government (albeit, in part due to the challenge of achieving […]


Seattle’s newly implemented tax on sugary beverages has been making headlines around the country this week — and not for reasons its proponents had hoped. This was to be expected. Unlike the Santa Fe, N.M., which allowed its liberal constituency to vote on its proposed sugar tax and was soundly rejected at the ballot box, […]


In the final days of 2017, Bitcoin captured the attention of global markets when the price of a single digital coin surged to a record-high price around $20,000. While the price of Bitcoin has since pulled back (to around $14,600 today), there is one market indicator that suggests digital assets will remain bullish in 2018 […]