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.

  • Sep 24, 2003

    Liberals Against Choice

    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

    Over the Cliff

    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

    American Dream Alive and Well

    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

    Out of Balance

    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

    You Can't Outlaw Failure

    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.

  • May 28, 2003

    Foolish Mandates Would Make for an Unsound Energy Bill

    Few issues have as direct a bearing on peoples' well-being as energy policy. A bad energy policy can hamper economic growth and cost American workers jobs.

  • May 13, 2003

    Gephardt's Health Plan: Throwing Good Money After Bad

    As the centerpiece of his presidential campaign, Rep. Dick Gephardt recently unveiled a plan to expand federal subsidies to provide near-universal health coverage for Americans.

  • May 05, 2003

    Two Decades of Mediocrity

    Last month marked the 20th anniversary of the release of "A Nation at Risk," the devastating 1983 report on the state of education in America. We all remember its key conclusion, that the "intellectual, moral and spiritual strength of our people" were threatened by a failing education system.

  • Apr 16, 2003

    Cooking with Gas: Natural Gas and National Energy Policy

    National energy policy is a more prominent issue now than at any time since the "energy crisis" of the 1970s.

  • Apr 04, 2003

    From Bad to Diverse

    Is racial discrimination in the selection of applicants to attend colleges and law schools acceptable--and constitutional--if its purpose is to achieve diversity in the student body?