With a new administration, we have reason to hope that the welfare state may change, morph, make it more simple for us to serve the impoverished and truly marginalized, rather than stay looking like this mess. What is promising, and what is old news?

Robert Doar is the Morgridge Fellow in Poverty Studies at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where he focuses on the employment, health, and well-being of low-income Americans and their children.