Friday, February 5, 2010

Pravda on 401(K)s

"As the [US] moves into a new decade of military overreach abroad and national bankruptcy at home, Washington is in a desperate search for more revenue and a solution to the future financing of the trillions in national debt obligations currently held by foreign central banks and investors. ... Although the historical government solution to unsustainable government debt loads has always been the destruction of the debts by currency depreciation and eventual hyperinflation, there is always an intermediate step used to buy more time for the politicians in power. ... The largest source of liquid private wealth remaining in the [US] are the $15 trillion in private retirement funds and the ultimate ownership, control and future of these funds have already been compromised and exchanged for the favorable tax treatment of private retirement plans. ... The retirement trap I'm writing about is only a proposal at the present time and since it may well begin in the latter years of the Obama Administration assuming the Democrats can somehow maintain their majorities in Congress, I'm calling it the "Obama Retirement Trap'. But make no mistake, the government need for current revenue and their frenzied search for a short-term fix to fund the backstop of liquidity to buy future government debt obligations when no credible investors will buy them is an unspoken quest of both political parties. ... The protoype for their plan was devised in 1991 by Alicia H. Munnell, then Director of Research for the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. She presented the idea in a paper entitled 'Current Taxation of Qualified Pension Plans: Has the Time Come?' ... After years of deficits, the greatest hazard to our economy is a run on the dollar and on Treasury securities by foreign investors", Ron Holland at Pravda, 15 January 2010, link:

Pravda is a far-right, wing-nut publication. Welcome aboard wing-nut. Theresa Ghillarducci, you've been found out. Even in Russia!


Anonymous said...

Here's my two cents.

Liquidate the retirement account and buy farmland... preferably some that could be certified organic. And preferably some close to low cost transit to urban areas.

Back to the future.

Anonymous said...

They are already jaw-boning about madating putting a portion of our 401(k)s into annuities "to protect our assets from the ups and downs of the markets".

I don't suppose the annuities would be heavily invested in MBS (for Fannie and Freddie's sake) or in Treasuries (for the benefit of the government)???

Anonymous said...

Read the Obama Retirement Trap

Learn how Washington plans to control, nationalize and eventually confiscate most your private retirement plan and IRA assets. Here is a URL link allowing you to read part of the special report.

If you would like to review the entire report or make a copy available for friends, request the complete retirement report at and a URL and PDF file will be sent.

Peter T said...

I'm OK with forcing 401k plans to OFFFER an annuity option. I'm opposed to force the participant to choose an annuity option - I wouldn't choose it if I could avoid it.