Jonathan Decker


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

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 […]


Since inauguration, President Donald Trump has spearheaded an “America First” energy agenda by approving the Keystone pipeline, eliminating regulations designed to be “atomic” for the coal industry, and blocking Obama’s Clean Power Plan that would have caused electricity prices to “necessarily skyrocket.” But now, much of the administration’s progress in unleashing American energy is in […]


Last week, the much-hyped, multi-day “Fyre Festival” in the Bahamas was cancelled amid chaos on the Bahama Island of Great Exuma. While much has been written on the shocking incompetence of Fyre’s event planners that charged patrons exorbitant ticket prices to be stranded on an island with little food, water, shelter, or electricity, less has been […]


Recently, Politico reported that former Treasury undersecretary Randy Quarles will likely be nominated as the Federal Reserve’s top bank regulator. Since a potential Quarles appointment is viewed by some as a continuation of “business as usual” at the Fed, it’s prudent to revisit the Fed’s recent ineptitude that has shrunk its credibility. This Friday, the […]


With President Trump’s 100th day in office fast approaching, his administration has already delivered on some of his key economic promises, including slashing regulations, instituting a federal hiring freeze, and approving the Keystone XL pipeline. And now that the President is thoughtfully considering the impact of our monetary policy, he is also one step closer […]


Years after former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg put soda in the nation’s crosshairs with a proposed ban on large beverages, soft drinks are once again being targeted by nanny-state politicians looking for an excuse to raise your taxes. But this time, their efforts are even more absurd. Ronald Reagan famously said, “Government does […]


Lazy economic pundits argue that a return to the gold standard is impossible because “there is not enough gold.” Fortunately for those who want wages as good as gold, this line of attack is completely Fake News. Incurious economic reporters believe the following: since gold is a finite resource, if we make the dollar convertible […]


In a recent New York Times interview, Donald Trump was pressed on whether he was a fan of the House GOP’s proposed border-adjustment tax; the President responded, “I am. I’m the king of that.” If President Trump has in fact changed his position on the border adjustment tax, we had better hope his tax plan […]


The release of President Donald Trump’s budget last week set off a bipartisan outrage that gave new meaning to the phrase “March Madness.” As beltway bureaucrats come to terms with the fact that President Trump is actually determined to shrink the size of government, the rest of America is celebrating a budget that would lead […]


As the world prepares to “become Irish for a day” on March 17th, lets take a moment to acknowledge an under-appreciated characteristic of the Emerald Isle — its low corporate tax rate. Ireland has the lowest corporate income tax rate in the industrialized world, a mere 12.5 percent. In contrast, the United States has the […]


Last week, the “digital currency” Bitcoin raised eyebrows when, for the first time, a Bitcoin became more valuable than an ounce of gold. While Bitcoin remains unimpressive as a form of money, the torrent of investment it’s receiving is potentially a sign of something much bigger — a golden opportunity to make the case for […]