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.
Feb 18, 2004
Wasn't the era of big government supposed to be over?
Jan 21, 2004
There's no reason to be pessimistic about life in America.
Dec 18, 2003
"There is nothing wrong with change if it is in the right direction," Winston Churchill observed. But of course it isn't always in the right direction, as events of the past year have shown. Significant 2003 public policy changes are taking us in new directions, both right and wrong.
Nov 10, 2003
Last month's California recall vote blew away not only Gov. Gray Davis but also a great many givens about American voting habits. The Republican candidates for Governor (Arnold Schwarzenegger and Tom McClintock) captured 62% of the vote in a state that Al Gore carried by 11 percentage points. Fifty-seven percent of white women voted for a Republican governor to replace Davis, and so did 40% of Hispanics and a quarter of blacks.
Oct 27, 2003
Section II of the Ohio Constitution authorizes citizens of the state to draft legislative proposals--called initiated statutes--and with the signatures of 3% of the total vote cast in the last gubernatorial election submit them to the state Legislature for action. If the Legislature refuses to act, or votes the initiated statute down, similar signatures on a second petition will put the proposed statute on the ballot in the next general election.
Sep 24, 2003
Lenin once said that he would rather have everyone in Russia die of hunger than allow free trade in grain. That pretty much sums up the thinking of Sens. Ted Kennedy (D., Mass.) and Arlen Specter (R., Pa.).
Aug 22, 2003
Have you ever fallen off a cliff? If you are younger than 40, you are about to. Social Security is fast approaching a financial precipice that will plunge benefits and smash retirement plans for millions of Americans.
Aug 20, 2003
One of the most over-used rhetorical devices in politics is the class warfare argument that tax cuts only benefit the rich. Fortunately, this tired, socialist rhetoric is losing its charm because most Americans aren't inclined to believe that socking it to the rich will solve all their problems.
Jul 21, 2003
The Bush administration announced last week that the budget deficit would be $455 billion this year, and even more in the next fiscal year. Budget Director Joshua Bolten argues that "a balanced budget is not a higher priority than winning the global war on terror, protecting the American homeland, or restoring economic growth and job creation."
Jun 10, 2003
Ten years ago the late Daniel Patrick Moynihan published an illuminating and unpopular analysis of American social conscience. "Defining Deviancy Down" explained how America had accepted high rates of violent crime and illegitimacy, rationalizing them as socially acceptable rather than doing anything to lower them. He noted that urban elites increasingly extolled rather than criticized broken families, notwithstanding studies showing a high correlation between single-parent families and educational failure.