Jonathan Decker


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

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 […]


Whew. We finally did it! After an exhaustive year-long effort, President Trump delivered a pro-growth tax cut package just in time for the holidays. I am excited both that the passage of this legislation will increase American competitiveness and also that, after today, I won’t need to write any tax-cut columns for a while (until we go bigger […]


Government waste and abuse was on full display this week when Politico discovered the existence of a secret Pentagon slush fund dedicated to investigating UFOs. As it turns out, the program was started at the behest of former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and most of the $22 million it spent over the course of […]


Yesterday, I was extremely honored to discover that conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh had featured a new ad from the Committee to Unleash Prosperity (which I am professionally affiliated with) on his show. As a longtime listener, it is absolute thrill that a project I worked on received recognition from his iconic program — but […]


In today’s Washington Examiner, Paul Bedard discusses a fascinating new Harvard study on the political attitudes of the Millennial generation. For me, a Millennial, Harvard’s research amounts to the single-most revealing study ever undertaken on our generation. Tragically, the Washington Examiner‘s headline — “Millennials now biggest voting group in U.S., 2-1 Democratic” — buried the […]


As the Senate moves into the homestretch on its tax cut legislation this week, here are five fast facts you should know: 1.) The Senate bill cuts marginal tax rates across the board. This is undoubtedly superior to the House bill, which de facto raises the top rate with its “bubble tax,” increases the marginal […]


Since taking office, President Trump’s greatest economic achievement has undoubtedly been the aggressive regulatory rollback his administration has unleashed. With respect to government red tape, the Trump administration has sent a clear signal from day one — the “War on Business” initiated by President Obama’s executive branch was over. But last week, we received our […]


Yesterday, the Senate upped the ante in the war for tax cuts by taking President Trump’s advice and including repeal of Obamacare’s individual mandate as part of its package. This was a bold move. As Business Insider shows us, repealing the individual mandate gives the Senate the flexibility to cut taxes even further beyond its […]


Last week, House Republicans quietly abandoned basic tenets of supply-side economics by releasing a tax plan that includes higher marginal rates. While it was assumed the House GOP would prioritize corporate tax reform over individuals (prevailing economic models show corporate tax cuts give us the most bang-for-our-buck in economic growth), the idea that many Americans […]


Last week, the Commerce Department announced the U.S. economy grew at 3 percent for the second quarter in a row! If this initial estimate holds up, our economy will compete for its third straight quarter of 3-plus percent growth which, if achieved, would be the first time we landed this economic “hat-trick” since before the […]


An interesting article in Quartz today celebrates the fact that Europe is experiencing a “goldilocks moment” for economic growth. So which nations are leading the charge? Germany? France? The United Kingdom? Nope — all three of these nations are traveling side-by-side with the U.S. in the economic slow lane. To discover Europe’s all-stars of economic […]


When Bernie Sanders was on the presidential campaign trail, he famously lambasted the Democratic Party for “often” supporting corporate welfare. Bernie Sanders surely knows this to be true — as this last week has revealed the extreme lengths that Democrats, including himself, will go to defend the most egregious corporate handouts in America. After the […]


Since the passage of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) — a treaty envisioned by Ronald Reagan and later implemented by Bill Clinton — trade between the U.S., Canada, and Mexico has increased from $290 billion in 1993 to $1.1 trillion today. This skyrocketing increase in economic activity has blessed American workers with a […]


This past week, the Jones Act became the poster child for everything that is wrong with government regulation — an outdated law hampering Puerto Rico’s ability to get the critical supplies it needs following a disastrous hurricane. Thankfully, President Trump responded to the storm by waiving this archaic regulation temporarily, but in order to assist […]