David N. Bass

David N. Bass is a journalist who writes from the Old North State. Follow him on Twitter@davidnbass.

A Timid Take on Economic Inequality

 

Like it or not, economic inequality will be a habitual theme during the 2016 presidential campaign. Democrats are continuing to harp on the topic, with Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton making its (hypothetical) elimination the cornerstone of her economic platform. Since the unfortunate arrival of John Edwards on the national scene, the idea of two America—the […]

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One Donor Who Actually Holds Republicans Accountable on Spending and Taxes

 

Thankfully, at least some political donors exist who are willing to hold Republicans’ feet to the fire on cutting spending, reducing taxes, and eschewing unfair corporate incentives. In North Carolina, The News & Observer of Raleigh reports that donor and widely respected school-choice advocate Bob Luddy plans to divert a $25,000 donation away from N.C. […]

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Charter Schools: The New White Ruling Class?

 

Raleigh, N.C. Bereft of arguments to discredit charter schools on their merits, education bureaucrats are resorting to one of their favorite go-to arguments in a jam—accuse the opposition of racism and re-segregation. Although this renewed offensive is unfolding on a national scale, North Carolina has become an epicenter for the conflict, as school-choice advocates and […]

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A Third Way Past Student Loans

 

RALEIGH, N.C. — As lawmakers debate various proposals to ostensibly solve the $1 trillion student-loan crises in America—lower student-loan interest rates or forgive loans altogether being two—clear-thinking individuals should catch a vision for alternatives. In two decades, imagine a post-secondary education arena in which a majority of students avoid the need for student loans in […]

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A Private School on a Public Scale

 

RALEIGH, N.C. — Are private schools the sole domain of blue bloods, or should they — can they — be available to all Americans? That’s a major challenge faced by the school-choice community nationwide, not only from a practical standpoint, but from a messaging perspective as well. A small test is being conducted in North […]

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Get Married, Young Woman (and Man)

 

It’s an argument that shouldn’t be controversial, but is: Marriage breakdown is a major cause of modern poverty. So writes former George W. Bush press secretary Ari Fleischer in a Wall Street Journal column that has sent anti-traditional family liberals into a tizzy. Given the sociological evidence, Fleischer’s conclusion should surprise no one. Social scientists, […]

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Clay Aiken to Run?

 

RALEIGH, N.C. — A sure sign of our adolescent approach to politics in the United States is that wrestlers, stand-up comedians, and reality TV stars can run for office — and win. The latest chapter in the ongoing saga of celebrities-turned-politicians could unfold in North Carolina. Sources have informed the Washington Blade that Clay Aiken, of American Idol fame, has […]

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America the Childless

 

Sometimes, I wonder why I bother to read Time magazine. Then a rare gem surfaces that makes the drudgery of leafing through each issue worth it. Or at least, almost worth it. Time’s August 12 cover story is a case in point. Lauren Sandler takes the reader on a fascinating journey into the world of […]

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Major Pro-Life Victory in North Carolina

 

Following in the footsteps of states like Texas, North Carolina is on the verge of enacting critical new pro-life policies that likely will result in the closure of abortion clinics in the state. In one omnibus bill, the state legislature has: Expanded conscience protections for medical professionals who oppose abortion on moral and religious grounds […]

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Pro-Abortion Strategy: Brag About Your Abortion

 

I hope that the pro-abortion movement follows Beth Matusoff Merfish’s advice in this column appearing in The New York Times — because doing so will cement the declining fortunes of the pro-abortion crowd. Merfish writes about the shame and secrecy that surround abortion, even among the most ardent abortion apologists. She recounts that her own […]

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