This is an interesting article from the AP:
A brother of U.S. House Republican leader John Boehner (BAY'-nur) would have seen his unemployment benefits dry up if the congressman had succeeded in his push to defeat an extension-of-benefits bill passed this week.
Boehner and most fellow Republicans opposed the measure Thursday, but 61-year-old Bob Boehner said Friday he isn't bitter.
Bob says he doesn't want his brother voting for government programs that aren't paid for, even if that hurts him. He lost his job with the southwest Ohio city of Reading in February.
Well that’s really nice and brotherly, but there is something interesting here. The bill that passed was for the people on long-term unemployment. Bob is still in his initial 6 month period for Ohio, meaning he hasn’t even hit his first extension. In other words, while the people weren’t getting paid, Bob still was. That’s a nice little fact for the AP to omit.
Another thing worth mentioning. Ohio Public Employees Retirement System (OPERS) is very good. I have been in it from my firefighting days and my father is a retired city worker getting a very nice pension from it. I don’t know how long Bob Boehner has held his job, but I got a feeling his future isn’t looking as dark as those 30-50 year olds that have no future right now.
Again – just some little facts to put this into perspective.