If anyone was wondering what it would take to get President Trump to endorse a policy promoted by President Obama, we now have our answer. Last week Trump blasted the Internet with the message: “Why is the NFL getting massive tax breaks while at the same time disrespecting our Anthem, Flag and Country? Change tax law!”

Politicians perennially seeking to curtail or scrap programs such as Medicaid or welfare regularly claim, with some justification, that President Lyndon Johnson’s so-called 1964 War on Poverty is a failure. Yet this charge raises relevant questions that these very same politicians decline to answer: Why did it fail? Did it fail in all areas or just some? Have statistics highlighted challenges that might be better addressed if the strategy in that War on Poverty were changed or refined? And, finally, what do folks in communities crippled by poverty say? Did anyone think to ask them?