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    Myths

    LIE: Drug testing is necessary to make sure welfare money isn’t being wasted

    TRUTH: Drug testing welfare applicants costs more money than it saves

    LIE: Food stamps cause government dependency

    TRUTH: Many people who get food stamps also have jobs

    LIE: Budget reconciliation is the “nuclear option”

    TRUTH: The “nuclear option” is the elimination of filibusters for judicial nominations

    LIE: Right-to-work laws prevent workers’ money from being spent on political activity

    TRUTH: Unions cannot force members to pay for their political activity

    LIE: The New Deal did not lower unemployment

    TRUTH: Except for a brief recession, unemployment fell and the economy grew every year of the New Deal

    LIE: Coal is the most affordable energy source

    TRUTH: The environmental and health costs of coal outweigh its benefits

    LIE: Fiscal stimulus in Japan failed during the "lost decade" of the 1990s

    TRUTH: Japan’s economy lost ground in the 1990s when stimulus was removed