Public assistance recipients haven't gone without criticism.
They've been compared to "wild animals" by political candidates, scrutinized for simply buying seafood -- as "The Daily Show" humorously pointed out -- and would have to pee in cups to prove that they're drug-free if some lawmakers had their way.
But for all the anecdotal horror stories about people abusing the welfare system for personal gain, the numbers tell a different story.
As the chart shows, families receiving public assistance spend significantly less than families not receiving public assistance on essentially everything -- including roughly half on housing, a third less on food, almost two-thirds less on entertainment and a fraction on healthcare.
With household budgets like these, public assistance recipients clearly aren't abusing the system to live lavishly -- they're trying to make ends meet.