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 OpinionJournal.com, 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.
May 29, 1996
The new Republican Congress roared into Washington and set out to change the rules of environmental policy. Environmental reforms were going to be based on risk assessment, cost-benefit analysis, less business regulation and smaller environmental agencies. Congress was going to prune back the oppressive bureaucracy and get the government off our backs.
May 23, 1996
"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil," Edmund Burke observed, "is for good men to do nothing." While what has happened in Europe since the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 is hardly evil; communism was the evil; the fact is that good men have done very little to nourish the seeds of Western values in the freed nations of Eastern Europe.
May 16, 1996
One of the success stories of the Contract With America is that Congress has made it illegal for the federal government to impose unfunded mandates - requirements to take certain actions or provide certain services without providing the federal funds to pay for those mandates - on state and local governments.
May 08, 1996
Tired of the seemingly endless stream of award shows? Have the Emmys, the Grammys, and the People's Choice - not to mention the Country Music and MTV video awards - turned into one long blur of banal platitudes? Perhaps we need a new and different kind of award. So, move over Oscar and Tony, here comes the Louis.
May 01, 1996
With commencement season upon us once again, there is good news for graduates: America is still the Land of Opportunity. You can - and with some hard work likely will - live better than your parents. And all of us, wealthy, middle class, and poor, are becoming better off as the years go by. As President John F. Kennedy observed, the tide of economic growth is lifting all our boats.
Apr 25, 1996
Popcorn is not a trivial matter. I am reminded of that at the movies where buttered buckets of the stuff are consumed and the surplus spread on the floor under my seat.
Apr 18, 1996
"[It] is not," Winston Churchill said after the British military victory at El Alamein, "the end. It is not even the beginning of the end."
Apr 10, 1996
One great strength of the American political system - and one that no doubt baffles foreigners - is the way it brings people who are enemies one day together as allies the next. Just recently we saw Phil Gramm, Lamar Alexander and Steve Forbes attacking Bob Dole in Iowa and New Hampshire. But just a few weeks later, Gramm, Alexander and Forbes all dropped out of the race and endorsed him.
Apr 04, 1996
The Great Wall of China dates from the Ming dynasty (1368-1644), but successive invasions from the North proved that it had no more military utility than the "impregnable" Maginot Line did for the French in 1940. Gunpowder and artillery long ago had rendered castle walls useless too.
Mar 28, 1996
The campaigns of Steve Forbes and Pat Buchanan resonated with voters this primary season because they were the only two candidates running who directly addressed the problem of economic growth. Inside the Beltway everything seems fine - and why not? Bill Clinton has created lots of employment for policy wonks, with his everchanging agenda of plans to nationalize health care, raise taxes, and pay people to become "volunteers."