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.
Feb 23, 2009
By comparison with what's to come, $790 billion is small change.
Last month Barack Obama became the new president of the United States, a president with a different set of beliefs and perspective about how our country should, function, change and--hopefully--prosper. The last president with such vision (although from a different perspective) was Ronald Reagan, who according to most scholarly surveys was one of the best presidents in America's history.
Jan 26, 2009
Article I of the Constitution gives Congress broad public policy powers, and Article II defines those of the president.
Congress fully understands that its constitutional powers are more or less equal to and fully independent of those of the president, and the president--every president--had better understand that truth. So one of the greatest challenges of our new president, with both houses of the legislature controlled by his own party, is persuading its members to follow his leadership.
Dec 16, 2008
Economist David M. Smick's recent book, "The World Is Curved," shows that during the past quarter-century we have had a global "golden age of wealth creation and poverty reduction never before seen in the history of mankind." The global free market "experienced an unprecedented doubling of its labor force from 2.7 billion to 6 billion"; the U.S. had 40 million new jobs created; "the Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed from 800 to over 12,000" (it is back under 9000 now); and, according to the Federal Reserve, U.S. households saw their net worth increase from $11 trillion in 1982 to more than $56 trillion today.
Nov 25, 2008
One thing we can count on from our newly elected president is fresh ideas, some that were campaigned on and others that will be at the top of the president's list on Jan. 20.
First on the agenda will likely be a reworked version of Hillary Clinton's 1990s health-care plan: a more nationalized system that was introduced two weeks ago by Sen. Max Baucus of Montana to put government, as opposed to the individual, more in charge of health care decisions.
Oct 27, 2008
Six weeks ago John McCain was leading Mr. Obama. But according to RealClearPolitics, as of yesterday Mr. Obama led in the national polls by just under 8% and in the Electoral College by 306 to 157 (a majority is 270). Throughout his campaign Mr. Obama has successfully presented himself as a careful and sensible person and was recently endorsed by Christopher Buckley, son of the late William F. Buckley, as having a "first-class temperament and a first-class intellect."
Sep 19, 2008
Energy is essential in America, and 40% of what we use comes from oil and 23% from natural gas. That comes to about 21 million barrels of oil and 64 billion cubic feet of natural gas each day. Domestic oil production is declining--down nearly half since 1970--so imports are up, from one-third of what we needed in 1970 to just under 60% today. So we need to discover and access more of our own energy resources.
Aug 20, 2008
America's first charter school opened in Minnesota in 1992. Sixteen years later, there are 4,128 charter schools educating 1.24 million students in 40 states and the District of Columbia. Another 300 to 400 are expected to open in the coming school year.
Jul 23, 2008
"I have come to the conclusion, that one useless man is a Disgrace, two are a law firm and three or more are called a Congress."--John Adams, "1776"
Jun 09, 2008
Two years ago a Time magazine's cover warned us about global warming: "Be Worried . . . Be Very Worried." We should be even more worried about the supposed global warming legislation the U.S. Senate debated last week, then rejected without a vote. It would have replaced markets with government controls over the economy and Americans' personal lives. So different would be a Boxer-Lieberman-Warner America, and so likely it is that the same legislation will be back in Congress next year, that it is worth thinking through what it would do and how it would affect us.
May 19, 2008
This election is notable in many ways. For the first time since 1952, neither the president nor the vice president will be his party's presidential nominee. For the first time since 1960, a sitting U.S. senator will be elected president. And for the first time ever, if the Democrats win, the next president will be female or black.