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May 6, 2010

Get Ready For Obama's Next Target - Your 401(k)

Topics: Political News and commentaries

First it was the banks, then the insurance companies, then the auto industry, then healthcare, and now, if this article is accurate, the piece de resistance - the private savings accounts of millions of middle-class Americans - your 401(k):

In Chapter 3 of the Annual Report on the Middle Class released in February by Vice President Biden and the White House Task Force on the Middle Class, the Obama administration calls for enhancing the "retirement options" for the middle class by imposing "new regulations to improve the transparency and adequacy of 401(k) retirement savings."

The plan, as sketched in the 43-page document, calls for the creation of something called "Guaranteed Retirement Accounts" (GRAs). Biden slyly shifts the onus for the idea through weasel words typical of the federal government: "Some have suggested the creation of Guaranteed Retirement Accounts (GRAs), which would give workers a simple way to invest a portion of their retirement savings in an account that was free of inflation and market risk, and in some versions under discussion, would guarantee a specified real return above the rate of inflation."

These accounts would be "free of inflation and market risk" because they would be under the direct and absolute control of the federal bureaucracy. There would be no risk because the funds would no longer be moored to the free market and subject to the fluctuations thereof. Rather, the retirement funds of every hard-working American dependent on a 401(k) for their retirement security would be nationalized and made subject to the whims and will of the executive branch.

The current administration is practiced in the erection of such straw men to deflect their own socialistic and absolutist intent. The record is clear, however, and since the day of his inauguration, Barack Obama and his congressional co-conspirators have consistently and unapologetically set out to systematically nationalize the economy of the United States: first the banks; then the insurance companies; then the auto industry; then healthcare; and now the piece de resistance, the private savings accounts of millions of middle-class Americans. This is an unlawful usurpation of power unprecedented in the annals of American political history. (Emphasis added) (More)

Clearly, the Obama administration thinks it can manage your 401(k) better than you and your employer, and that your financial freedom should be in the hands of Big Brother.

No big surprise here, Obama thinks it's just more of the "change" he was elected for. Those of us who are more informed and who care about our financial freedom call it socialism controlled by an Orwellian government.

Posted by Richard at May 6, 2010 8:15 AM

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