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.

  • Apr 16, 2009

    Sapping America's Energy

    If Americans don't start paying attention to what Congress is up to, our nation's energy policy may seriously change for the worse. A bill styled the American Clean Energy and Security Act, sponsored by Democrats Henry Waxman of California and Edward Markey of Massachusetts, soon goes before the House. The enactment of laws to combat global warming is an established priority of the new administration and Congress, and their impact on the lives and opportunities of America's people would be substantial and detrimental.

  • Mar 16, 2009

    California or Delaware?

    What do Delaware and California have in common? Not much: One is very small, one very large, but more important they have over time followed very different economic policies that explain the direction of the Obama administration' economic thinking.

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  • Feb 23, 2009

    Next Stop, France

    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

    The Trouble With Harry

    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.

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  • Dec 16, 2008

    Don't Pull Back

    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.

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  • Nov 25, 2008

    A Worrying Prognosis

    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.

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  • Oct 27, 2008

    The Europeanization of America

    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."

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  • Sep 19, 2008

    Drill, Baby, Drill

    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.

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  • Aug 20, 2008

    McCain Is the Pro-Choice Candidate

    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.

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  • Jul 23, 2008

    The Opposite of Progress

    "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"

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