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.
Jul 27, 2011
We'll have to wait for 2012, because this administration won't administer it.
Wall Street Journal - Last year I wrote that the enactment of ObamaCare meant 'the Europeanization of America is coming to pass, for individual choice and opportunity are being replaced by statism.' That law is transferring 17% of our national economy from the marketplace to full control and regulation by the federal government.
Jun 23, 2011
Yes, but government has to reverse its destructive policies.
The Wall Street Journal - America's economy is in the doldrums again. Economic growth is weak—just 1.8% a year in the last quarter. Government spending is increasing—to a projected 25.3% of gross domestic product this year from 20.7% in 2008—while revenues are down to 14.4% of GDP from 17.5% in 2008.
May 20, 2011
The Obama administration wants energy to be scarcer and costlier.
The Wall Street Journal - The U.S. Treasury reports that the federal government ran up $870 billion in red ink in the first seven months of this fiscal year. That is $70 billion, or 9%, higher than at the same point in fiscal 2010, which ended up with a record $1.3 trillion deficit.
Apr 28, 2011
America needs to act fast to get spending and debt under control.
The Wall Street Journal - America is now facing the most difficult governmental choices since the end of World War II, 66 years ago. Back then our debt as a percentage of gross domestic product had just exceeded 100%. In about a decade it will exceed that again, and if we continue our current economic policies the Congressional Budget Office projects it will approach 800% in another 66 years.
Mar 23, 2011
And it'll only get worse, unless ObamaCare is repealed or struck down.
The Wall Street Journal - A year ago today President Obama signed into law the broadest, most expensive, most intrusive health-care bill in our history.
Jan 24, 2011
Voters rejected it. Now Republicans must act.
Wall Street Journal: For two years Washington has been moving left-bigger spending, expanding regulation and a continual increase in government debt. In fiscal 2007, when George W. Bush was president, the debt increased $161 billion; in 2008, another $458 billion; and in 2009 (which began under Mr. Bush and ended under Barack Obama), it reached $1.4 trillion. In Mr. Obama's first two full years in office, 2010 and 2011, it will increase another $1.3 trillion each year.
Dec 27, 2010
Voters send Republicans to Congress with a mandate for a new direction.
The Wall Street Journal - Barack Obama promised to change America, and he did. Federal spending has increased in two years to $3.72 trillion from $2.98 trillion, a 25% increase. The national debt has swelled to almost $14 trillion from $10 trillion in the same period, and the Office of Management and Budget estimates that it will reach $26 trillion by 2020. ObamaCare is moving 17% of the U.S economy from individual choice to government management and direction. Protectionist policies have stopped trade agreements with several countries.
Nov 20, 2010
Republicans should take advantage of their electoral opportunity to reduce government.The Wall Street Journal - At the end of 2007 America began its economic decline. It started in the Bush administration, continued in the Obama administration, and is likely to be with us many months or even years longer. The federal deficit soared to $1.3 million from $161 billion in 2007. Unemployment in the same period rose to 9.6 percent from 5 percent.
Oct 21, 2010
A report from the Coons-O'Donnell debate.
Everyone in this state knew that Rep. Mike Castle was going to be our next U.S. senator. He had served as a state legislator, lieutenant governor (during my second term as governor), governor and nine-term congressman. He was well ahead in the primary and general-election polls. But in the Republican primary on Sept. 14, Christine O'Donnell won by a bit more than 3,500 votes.
Sep 29, 2010
Republicans show that they're serious about curbing runaway government.
How big has the government grown under the Obama administration? "The average level of U.S. government spending as a percentage of GDP from the end of World War II to the present is 19.6 percent," observes the Heritage Foundation. "In the past two years that level has exploded, reaching 24.7 percent in 2009 and an estimated 25.4 in 2010. . . . Without urgent action the U.S. is on course for national bankruptcy."