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.

  • Jun 14, 2004

    Is America Going Soft?

    Will this election mark a turning point? Let's hope not.

  • May 24, 2004

    Pump Power

    Gas is good. Here's how to keep it flowing.

  • Apr 20, 2004

    Oil Is Not Well

    Kofi Annan can run, but he can't Hyde.

  • Apr 08, 2004

    Is the High Price of Gasoline Actually a Bargain?!

    Historically, current gas prices are not that high.

  • Mar 22, 2004

    Smoot Operators

    The Democrats embrace the policies that brought us the Depression.

  • Feb 18, 2004

    The Bush Paradox

    Wasn't the era of big government supposed to be over?

  • Jan 21, 2004

    Don't Worry, Be Happy

    There's no reason to be pessimistic about life in America.

  • Dec 18, 2003

    2003 in Review

    "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

    Why the GOP Is Winning

    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

    Good Buy, Columbus?

    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.