The Really Blatant Lies About Welfare That People Actually Believe

2. ‘People on welfare don’t work.’

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Most fast-food workers need public assistance. | Scott Olson/Getty Images

No matter how you define welfare (food stamps, Medicaid, CHIP), more than half the people receiving benefits hold jobs. (Those numbers covered years 2009-11 via a study by UC Berkeley Labor Center.) When you look at certain professions, the numbers get really interesting. For example, over 50% of fast-food workers received public assistance. Taken this way, the fight for a $15 minimum wage is a request to stop bailing out corporations who don’t pay their workers.

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