Big Government Wants to Control Your IRA


Unlike W, Obama is not coasting passively through his final time in office. On the contrary, he is squeezing every ounce of tyranny he can get from each day:

The Department of Labor says its so-called fiduciary rule will make financial advisers act in the best interests of clients. What Labor doesn’t say is that the rule carries such enormous potential legal liability and demands such a high standard of care that many advisers will shun non-affluent accounts. Middle-income investors may be forced to look elsewhere for financial advice even as Team Obama is enabling a raft of new government-run competitors for retirement savings. This is no coincidence.

Labor’s new rule will start biting in January as the President is leaving office. Under the rule, financial firms advising workers moving money out of company 401(k) plans into Individual Retirement Accounts will have to follow the new higher standards. But Labor has already proposed waivers from the federal Erisa law so new state-run retirement plans don’t have the same regulatory burden as private employers do.

When government becomes involved in any industry, it enjoys the overwhelming advantages of being able to operate at a loss indefinitely, and being able to cripple opposition with weaponized regulations. Once the competition has been destroyed, we are left with socialism — i.e., mediocrity at best.

Labor’s one-two punch on private savings has something for everyone in the progressive coalition. Senator Elizabeth Warren can check off another item on her wish list of anti-business initiatives. [Labor Secretary Thomas] Perez gets to burnish his credentials as a candidate for Vice President. And Mr. Obama gets to say he helped government control more of the private economy.

What average investors get out of this deal is much less certain. But judging by the pending California plan, one answer is: low returns. The initial investment allocation, even for young workers, is likely to be heavy on government bonds. Naturally. …

Charging young investors for the privilege of loaning money to government, while handicapping private competitors and denying choices to middle-income consumers. Another perfect progressive innovation.

If it belongs to you, Big Government wants to take it. Managing your retirement savings is a step toward confiscating them. But don’t worry, some of your money will be doled back to you, if bureaucrats are convinced you really need it.

thomas perez
Perez, a social justice warrior after your savings.

U.S. Honors Sen. Who Met With Communists, Rented Brothel, Let Mistress Drown

Judicial Watch

A veteran senator who let his mistress drown in a car he recklessly drove into a pond, rented a brothel for an entire night in Chile and sought meetings with communists is being honored by the Obama administration this month.

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Ted Kennedy received his posthumous accolades from the Department of Labor (DOL) with an induction into the agency’s “Hall of Honor.” The recognition is meant to showcase the life-changing contributions that a unique group of people have made on the American way of work, according to the agency. A special panel comprised of the Solicitor of Labor, the Assistant Secretary for Policy and the Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management decides who gets honored. Selecting the former Massachusetts senator was an “absolute no-brainer,” according to DOL Secretary Thomas Perez because Kennedy “had a profound impact on so many people.”

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