NCPA Commentaries by Pete du Pont

Pete du Pont served for many years on the NCPA Board of Directors, first as policy chair and then as chairman of the board, in addition to his current service on the NCPA’s Emeritus Board of Directors.  He also wrote a regular column for, the online news service of The Wall St. Journal for many years.

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 07, 1996


    Host intro: How far should the united states go to guard against terrorism? Pete du Pont of the National Center for Policy Analysis says the first thing to do is ask the right questions.

  • Nov 07, 1996

    Soak the Rich: Cut Their Tax Rates!

    Raising taxes on the wealthy has been a staple of liberal dogma since Karl Marx championed the idea in Das Kapital in 1867. Modern liberals - Clinton, Kennedy, Bonior, et al - always see the need to raise taxes on the wealthy to make them pay their "fair share."

  • 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?