Jonathan Decker


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

After the recent G-7 Summit, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau raised eyebrows when he gave a blistering press conference calling out President Trump for his protectionist tariffs. Trudeau’s remarks were met by some, uh, colorful language by a senior member of the Trump administration, who was none too pleased by the Canadian leader’s political grandstanding. […]


Yesterday, President Trump gave conservatives much to cheer for when he nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court. As the Washington Free Beacon noted, Kavanaugh is known as the “intellectual center of the D.C. Circuit’s conservative wing” as the author of “roughly 270 opinions, concurrences, and dissents in his 12 years on the court.” […]


This week, New Jersey’s Governor Phil Murphy and State Senate President Steve Sweeney cemented themselves as the ‘Shaq and Kobe’ of bad economic policy when they ushered in massive new tax hikes on Garden State residents. This deal, which was struck despite much political posturing by Sweeney against such a tax hike, will go down […]


Newly released poll data should give pause to those who doubted Trump’s tax cut and regulatory reform agenda. It’s now official: the Trump economy is doing so well that the mainstream media is forced to acknowledge it. From CNBC: For the first time since President Donald Trump took office, the CNBC All-America Economic Survey shows […]


Today, President Trump sparked an early stock market sell-off with the announcement that his administration has identified $200 billion in Chinese goods that it could hit with tariffs. This potential $200 billion tax increase on imports (which will go into effect if the U.S. and China are unable to strike a broader trade agreement) was […]


Last week’s sudden passing of television personality Anthony Bourdain led to an outpouring of grief from viewers and celebrities alike. As many of the tributes to Bourdain have noted, he was a larger-than-life figure who will be fondly remembered for his cooking, world traveling, intellectual curiosity, and being the original “influencer.” And as we reflect […]


Yesterday, Politico reported that a discharge petition filed by Reps. Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.), Will Hurd (R-Texas) and Jeff Denham (R-Calif.) is now only 3 signatures away from forcing a House vote on DACA. For our economy’s sake, let’s hope they obtain those final signatures fast. A strange cognitive dissonance exists among members of the Right […]


Recently the House Freedom Caucus succeeded in torpedoing a vote on Congress’ latest farm bill. While some believe that passage of this legislation was necessary to help American agriculture, an eye-opening new book by John Tamny, Director of the Center for Economic Freedom at FreedomWorks, reveals how government spending programs not only harm taxpayers, but […]


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 […]