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.

  • Feb 08, 1996

    Even Unions Want This Free Market Idea

    Congress may soon make Medical Savings Accounts (MSAs) the law of the land. And even labor unions like the idea.

  • Feb 01, 1996

    The Republican Dilemma: Growth or Green Eyeshades?

    Sixteen months into the conservative revolution that swept the field in the 1994 elections, the liberals are winning the war. They lost the battle at the polls but they are winning the war in the trenches of the Congress and the sound bites of the evening news.

  • Jan 25, 1996

    The 1996 Election: A Choice of Visions

    The football season and the State of the Union message are behind us. In another few weeks the election of 1996 will be upon us. In these few days of calm before the Iowa caucus, we need to reflect upon the social and political transitions of our times and how they impact the November elections.

  • Jan 18, 1996

    Time For A New Tax System

    The objective of the Tax Reform Commission appointed by Speaker Gingrich and Majority Leader Dole was, in the words of its chairman, Jack Kemp, "to tear apart the whole tax code...and draft...a dramatic reform."

  • Jan 11, 1996

    Shakespeare and Medical Savings Accounts

    "Fair is foul, and foul is fair."

  • Jan 04, 1996

    A Lesson In Government: Vouchers For Washington D.C.

    A pessimistic philosopher once gloomily opined that life was but a long march through hostile territory. Surely this week both the children of the District of Columbia and conservative Republican congressmen must agree.

  • Dec 20, 1995

    Maintaining the Value of the Dollar

    Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution gives Congress the power "to coin money [and] regulate the value thereof."

  • Dec 14, 1995

    Read Their Lips: No New Taxes

    While most of the attention in California was focused on affirmative action and stockholder lawsuits in the November 5th election, voters in the Golden State were sending their local governments another message:

  • Dec 14, 1995

    A Christmas Carol

    It's not long until Christmas, a very special time for all families. In Washington, Christmas is a very special time, too. The president has lit the national Christmas tree. And lobbyists are beginning to think about what kinds of presents they would like to receive this year.

  • Nov 29, 1995


    Most people would agree that if prisoners learned a skill while they were in jail they could more easily get a job when they got out, and that an ex-prisoner with a job is less likely to commit another crime. Since nearly one-half of people released from prison return to prison within three years, job skills could mean a significant decline in the crime rate.