Jonathan Decker


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

Last week, the odds of achieving pro-growth tax cuts in 2017 took an important step forward when Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin expressed his desire for tax reform to be retroactive. As I previously wrote, “retroactivity” is the question of whether tax cuts should be back-dated to January of this year in order to include income […]


As Americans begin the unenviable task of trying to rebuild from the recent hurricanes, a silver-lining to these tragic events can still be uncovered under close examination: As devastating as the recent storms were, American capitalism and innovation prevented an enormous amount of suffering and untimely deaths. While any lives lost are too many, The […]


Yesterday marked the passage of another Labor Day weekend where workers had to suffer from coercive union dues. As Richard Berman, executive director of the Center for Union Facts, noted in Detroit News: …in the last decade, union leadership has sent more than $1 billion collected without prior permission from member dues to the Democratic […]


Yesterday, President Trump launched his Tax Cut Kickoff Tour in epic fashion by calling out Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) — who is up for re-election in 2018 — as one of the potentially critical votes in enacting tax reform. Turning up the pressure on vulnerable Senate Democrats like McCaskill, Trump touted the newly revised GDP […]


With the largest Republican majority since 1928, one would think that enacting tax cuts (a signature pillar of the Republican Party) would have been low hanging fruit for our elected officials. Unfortunately, with only 48 legislative days left in 2017, the clock is ticking. Time is running out for the Republican Congress to make good […]


Yesterday, President Trump announced the United States will significantly increase its military presence in Afghanistan, with some estimating an additional 4,000 troops could be joining the 8,400 already on the ground. Without even a conversational understanding of the current status of the war or our policy objectives, I do not wish to criticize the consensus […]


As the political fight over tax cuts ramps up, a new progressive coalition has formed in order “to oppose any effort to cut taxes for the wealthy.” Unfortunately for those enlisting in this new front for the “resistance” movement, the economic arguments put forth by “Not One Penny” make no cents. “Not One Penny” is […]


This week, the Foundation for Economic Education’s Jeffrey Tucker offered an interesting theory on what’s driving the ongoing stock market boom: political gridlock. Tucker makes an important point. While it’s true that passing tax cuts or replacing Obamacare would benefit our economy, gridlock offers its own economic benefits as well. All too often when Congress […]


This week, the Department of Commerce released its preliminary estimate of how the U.S. economy performed in the 2nd quarter of 2017. Here’s what you need to know: The U.S. economy expanded 2.6 percent from April to June. While 2.6 percent economic growth is on its face so-so (the Trump administration is targeting 3 percent economic […]


Although much attention has been focused on the Republican Congress routinely setting-and-missing arbitrary deadlines to repeal Obamacare (remember: it will collapse by itself), our lawmakers’ inability to rollback Obamacare has actually given Americans a blessing in disguise — it has diverted attention from the total regulatory genocide the Trump administration has initiated. Congress’ apparent fecklessness […]


Over the last few weeks, President Trump has ignited a modern Whiskey Rebellion after revealing his interest in placing a tariff on foreign-made steel. In response to Trump’s protectionist threat, the European Union announced that (if Trump’s plan were enacted) they would respond with a series of tariffs of their own — including adding a […]


Recently RealClearPolitics contributor Joel Kotkin made the case that millennials are fueling a global rise in socialism. As I have previously responded to Kotkin as well as left-wing pundits, there is no Bolshevik oasis out in the distance, it’s a mirage. Millennial Americans are among the most radical free-market capitalists the world has ever seen. […]


July 4th has come and gone, but Obamacare is still the law of the land. Despite Senate Republicans’ assurance that health care would be put up for a vote before the fireworks, American families are unable celebrate their independence from Obamacare’s skyrocketing premiums and dwindling insurance options. But while the media is relishing in the […]


Last week, Jeff Bezos sent Keynesian economists into a frenzy with the announcement that Amazon.com would be purchasing the Whole Foods grocery chain. So why were the Keynesians in despair? Because Jeff Bezos is going to lower your grocery prices. You read that right. Take this coverage from Bloomberg: When online retail giant Amazon.com Inc. […]


Yesterday’s passing of Otto Warmbier marked a tragic and unjustifiable end to a promising young American’s life. While never having met Warmbier, his passing has a way of feeling close to home — not the least because he was, like me, a Virginia transplant with an interest in economics. I can even relate to the […]


Recently, liberal New York state assemblyman Anthony Brindisi stirred controversy by claiming that Rochester-based ‘Genesee Brewery’ was using state tax dollars to purchase Chinese fermentation tanks. While Brindisi is outraged that Genesee didn’t ‘Buy American’ when expanding their brewing capacity, the assemblyman’s remarks reveal how clueless he is to the real economic malfeasance at play […]


Seattle will become the 8th city in the United States to tax sugary beverages, after a 7-1 city council vote yesterday. Since soda consumption has become the “crisis du jour” for liberals looking for an excuse to raise taxes, it is imperative to scrutinize the claims made by soda tax proponents before more cities fall […]


Last week, President Trump released a budget plan that was widely praised by conservatives for reining in future spending. However, buried near the back of the budget (page 51) is one item in need of further attention — the Trump administration’s interest rate projections. Under Trump’s budget, interest rates on 10-year bonds are projected to […]


Today, President Trump sent Congress a $4.1 trillion spending plan designed to balance the bloated federal budget over the next decade. Although presidential budgets have historically been given little weight among members of Congress, Trump’s budget still serves one important function — revealing the foolish pessimism that liberals have for America. The administration estimates that, […]


As the House of Representatives prepares for a vote on the CHOICE Act (a financial reform bill), behind the scenes, policymakers are considering the removal of the legislation’s most critical component — a repeal of the Durbin Amendment. The CHOICE Act without Durbin-repeal is like U2 without Bono. Sure ‘The Edge’ can still jam and all…but […]