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.

  • Nov 20, 2010

    What the Election Means

    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

    Delaware's Decision - Wall Street Journal

    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

    Finally, Some Hope - The Wall Street Journal

    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

    Stop the Madness - The Wall Street Journal

    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

    Hillary Clinton for President - The Wall Street Journal

    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

    Generation Gap - The Wall Street Journal

    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

    Americans Know the Drill - The Wall Street Journal

    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

    Will the VAT Lady Sing? - The Wall Street Journal

    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

    Welcome to Europe - The Wall Street Journal

    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

    Nightfall in America - The Wall Street Journal

    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.