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.

Mr. Doar has served as a cochair of the National Commission on Hunger and as a lead member of the AEI-Brookings Working Group on Poverty and Opportunity. Before joining AEI, he was commissioner of New York City’s Human Resources Administration, where he administered 12 public assistance programs. He oversaw a 25 percent reduction in the city’s welfare caseload and the transition to work of more than 500,000 public assistance applicants and recipients.

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  1. Henry Castaigne Member
    Henry Castaigne
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    The states being utterly addicted to Federal money is completely accurate and not nearly discussed enough.

    Let’s say you have five thousand bucks to invest in a company or stocks or whatever. Then someone comes along and says, I will match your money if you invest in these kinds of companies. You would invest in those kinds of companies with much less discipline and debate than you would if you only had five thousand dollars.

    That’s how humanity works — at both the individual and group level.

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