Jonathan Decker


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

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 […]


Last week, amidst the increasingly heated political debate over Obamacare, President Trump offered an important message to those obstructing health care reform. In his remarks to CPAC, Trump stated: From a purely political standpoint, the single best thing we can do is nothing. Let it implode completely. It’s already imploding. You see the carriers are […]


In a recent article in The Daily Beast, Joel Kotkin argues that millennials “battered by capitalism” could be the future “red generation.” Unfortunately for those yearning for the United States to look like Venezuela, the reality couldn’t be further from the truth — millennials will be among the most radical, free market capitalists the world […]


This week the Senate confirmed Steve Mnuchin to serve as the next Treasury Secretary, and the message to struggling American families couldn’t be any clearer — help is on the way. Contrary to Slate economics correspondent Jordan Weissmann’s assertion that President Trump “inherited a reasonably strong economy” and “has started off his term in office […]