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.
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."
Aug 25, 2010
Summer is almost ended, and Americans are growing more and more skeptical about the coming fall--about our lack of jobs, our bigger and more expensive government, the higher taxes that will be coming soon, more expensive and less personal health care, and, most important, our declining economy.
Jul 15, 2010
The secretary of state could mount a formidable challenge to Obama
Hillary for President? NCPA Board Chairman and former Governor Pete du Pont's Wall Street Journal op-ed explores the possibilities.
Jun 25, 2010
The Kerry-Lieberman energy bill would enervate America.
A year ago the Waxman-Markey energy regulation bill passed the House. Now before the Senate is the Kerry-Lieberman energy regulation bill, which includes many of the same damaging provisions--government control of many aspects of energy generation, distribution and prices.
May 17, 2010
The people support offshore oil exploration. The politicians should listen.
The amount of energy America's economy consumes is rising, and oil is a significant portion of its generation. But the domestic production of American oil is falling, and that means that imports must increase each year, which is why increasing the amount of our offshore drilling is a critical component of our energy future.
Apr 21, 2010
If so, it's over for America.
A cultural battle is under way in America, a battle between, in columnist Michael Barone's, words, "the culture of dependence and the culture of independence."
Mar 25, 2010
America has changed its course, perhaps forever.
Late Sunday night America made its largest public-policy course change since the 1930s: Congress moved 17% of our national economy from the market place to full regulation and control by the federal government. The vote in the House was close, 219-212, but our country's health care system will now be organized, operated and regulated by the federal government.
Feb 16, 2010
The Obama deficits portend a gloomy future.
Is it, as President Reagan's re-election commercial said, "morning in America"? Back then it was, but not anymore; it is economic evening in America as our nation's spending, government programs and deficits balloon. The federal deficit this fiscal year will be $1.6 trillion, or about 10.6% of gross domestic product.
Jan 26, 2010
Even if Congress does nothing, tax hikes will hit hard a year from now.
Weather-wise it has been a very cold January, and politically the Scott Brown Senate victory has chilled Washington even further Democrats. But if the Democratic economic policies continue nevertheless, this year will be nothing like the bitter economic January we will be living in a year from now.
Jan 05, 2010
Modern men have lived through 20 sudden global warmings.Al Gore said the other week that climate change is "a principle in physics. It's like gravity. It exists." Sarah Palin agreed that "climate change is like gravity," but added a better conclusion: Each is "a naturally occurring phenomenon that existed long before, and will exist long after, any governmental attempts to affect it."