NCPA Commentaries by Pete du Pont

Governor Pete du Pont is a Board Member of the National Center for Policy Analysis. He writes a regular column for, the online news service of The Wall Street Journal.

Pete du Pont has served as Governor of Delaware, U.S. Congressman (R-DE), and former candidate for President of the United States (1988). Gov. du Pont formerly hosted a nationally-syndicated radio commentary and appeared on several editions of the PBS Firing Line debates with William F. Buckley, Jr.

  • Nov 06, 1996


    Host intro: As welfare reform goes into effect, states will be deciding how programs should operate. Pete du Pont of the National Center for Policy Analysis says some states are already on the job.

  • Nov 05, 1996


    Host intro: Today's election day. Pete du Pont of the National Center for Policy Analysis wants to pay a final salute to the outgoing congress.

  • Nov 04, 1996

    Tax Cut

    Host intro: Tax cut plans are often called by critics a giveaway to the rich, but "rich," according to Pete du Pont of the National Center for Policy Analysis, is in the eye of the beholder. For example, you and the IRS see very different things.

  • Oct 31, 1996

    Campaign Finance Reform:

    Thanks to, among other things, questions about money going from Indonesia to the Clinton campaign, it is very likely that campaign finance reform will be discussed fervently and frequently in the months ahead, regardless of who is elected President.

  • Oct 24, 1996

    What to Do About Terrorism

    How serious is the threat of terrorism in North America? Some argue that the menace of random political violence is so great that we should "Israelize" America. But this may sacrifice essential liberties on the altar of public security.

  • Oct 19, 1996

    Charter Schools

    Host intro: Charter schools -- independent public schools freed from bureaucratic regulations -- are under attack from the educational establishment. Pete du Pont of the National Center for Policy Analysis says you can often know something best by studying its enemies.

  • Oct 16, 1996

    Roaring of the Toothless Lions

    If the Democrats should regain control of the House of Representatives in November - which is at least within the realm of possibility - its leadership would be arguably the most liberal in the nation's history. Not necessarily the followership, though. And that very fact might ensure that the 105th Congress accomplished little - which could be the best thing that could happen for the general welfare, given the circumstances.

  • Oct 09, 1996

    Bob Dole's Tax Cut

    Since Bob Dole announced his proposal for a 15 percent across-the-board tax rate reduction on August 5th, virtually all of the discussion of it has been about the economic dimension. Who will get it? How much it will increase growth? How will it be paid for?

  • Oct 03, 1996

    Clinton's Second Term Economic Program?

    Ronald Reagan exhorted conservatives to "paint our vision in such bold primary colors that no one will misunderstand our intention." Now the liberal left has taken a page from the Gipper's playbook. Not since George McGovern's presidential campaign has there been a clearer, bolder depiction of the liberal left's brave new world than in the Philadelphia Inquirer's recent series entitled, "A Nation in Search of Answers."

  • Sep 26, 1996

    Is Wimping Out the Way to Go?

    The Republican majority in Congress has figured out how to avoid another budget battle with President Clinton - surrender, and give the president the additional spending he wants.