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, 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.

  • Apr 26, 2013

    Make Government Less Taxing

    Our returns don't have to be this unhappy.

    Americans don't like things that are inefficient, costly or unfair. Our federal tax code seems designed to be all three, a failing exacerbated by a patchwork of economically distorting subsidies and preferences found throughout the code and elsewhere.

  • Mar 29, 2013

    Peace Through Strength: Still a Good Idea

    Has Obama overcome his foreign-policy naiveté?

    The domestic policies of the Obama administration evince a lack of understanding and experience in how an economy functions and grows. Things are not quite so clear with the administration's foreign policies, where we see both encouraging and discouraging indications.

  • Mar 01, 2013

    The Democratic Majority Is Doomed

    The entitlement mentality can't survive a weak economy.

    Wall Street Journal: The primary reason today's liberal Democratic coalition will fade is because the very policies it pushes sow the seeds of its own destruction.

  • Jan 31, 2013

    Big Bird Should Leave the Nest

    Romney was right about public broadcasting.

    Wall Street Journal: It's time to end the federal subsidy for public broadcasting. Doing so now would be good for President Obama, Congress and the American taxpayers. And, it would also be beneficial for public broadcasting's two arms, radio's NPR and television's Public Broadcasting Service.

  • Dec 30, 2012

    Focus on Fundamentals

    The current economic debate is an exercise in missing the point.

    The Wall Street Journal: Instead of worrying about how high to raise taxes, the government should concern itself with creating an environment beneficial for long-term economic wealth, says NCPA Board Member Pete du Pont.

  • Nov 22, 2012

    Hello, Europe

    On its current trajectory, America will look like France or Greece before long.

    The Wall Street Journal: People of all income levels feel the impact of economic weakness. The number of people receiving food stamps has increased by 15 million, or almost 50%, in the past four years.

  • Oct 31, 2012

    Romney's Good Month

    Thanks to the debates, he ends October much better off.

    The Wall Street Journal: Good debate performances for Mitt Romney have magnified the failures of the Obama administration over the past four years, says NCPA Chairman Pete du Pont.

  • Sep 27, 2012

    The Election Isn’t Over

    Only fools and partisans think Obama has it locked up.

    The Wall Street Journal: Outside events and the upcoming debates could be the determining factors in the 2012 presidential election, says NCPA Chairman of the Board Pete du Pont.

  • Sep 04, 2012

    Steer Clear of the Cliff

    How to avoid imminent fiscal disaster and long-term decline.

    The Wall Street Journal: Defense cuts and tax increases are two primary factors that will determine the election outcome, says NCPA Board Chairman Pete du Pont.

  • Jul 29, 2012

    Will America Abandon 'Hope'?

    As the election approaches, most voters think the country is on the wrong track.

    The Wall Street Journal: Economic indicators are likely to determine whether President Obama wins re-election, says NCPA Chairman Pete du Pont.