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.

  • 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.

  • Sep 19, 1996

    Is Social Security Fair to Black Males?

    Social Security as it currently exists is a gamble Ð one in which some people win and others lose. Statistically speaking, we know which segments of the population will win and which will lose. Ethically speaking, we ought to be outraged because the system is patently unfair.

  • Sep 12, 1996

    Al Gore Is Only Blowing Smoke

    President Clinton has won a reputation for being able to hold two sides of the same issue at almost any time and getting away with it. But having seen the vice president's convention speech about the death of his sister, I know that President Clinton has some real competition from his running mate.

  • Sep 05, 1996

    The Good Old Bad Old Days

    In his speech accepting the Democratic presidential nomination, President Clinton decried "the bad old days of the '80s," implying that he would save the country from experiencing anything like that decade again if he were reelected.

  • Aug 14, 1996

    Silence of the Lamm

    So, is America ready for a third-party? Ross Perot thinks so. So does David Broder of the Washington Post, who writes that by 2000, a third party will be a major political force in America.

  • Aug 08, 1996

    GOP Convention

    For the past year, the Republicans have been a fractious lot. The Gingrich conservatives have argued with the liberal Senate Republicans. The presidential primaries were nasty. Abortion is an issue that splits the party into warring factions on a weekly basis.

  • Jul 31, 1996

    The Information Warriors

    The American Enterprise Institute, the Cato Institute, the Heritage Foundation, the Brookings Institution, the Urban Institute, and the National Center for Policy Analysis. Who are they? Some of America's "think tanks." What are they? In the battle of public policy ideas, they are the information warriors, and they are changing the way America thinks.

  • Jul 30, 1996


    The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.1

  • Jul 24, 1996

    A Flat Tax for D.C. - And Then Where?

    On April 16, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Washington, D.C.'s delegate to Congress, introduced a bill to institute a flat rate federal income tax in the District of Columbia. The rate would be 15 percent on all income above a large threshold - $15,000 for single filers, and $30,000 for married couples filing jointly. She would also eliminate capital gains taxes for D.C. investments. In recent weeks, the Norton proposal has been endorsed by House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott.