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Here’s Why (And How) The Government Will “Borrow” Your Retirement Savings

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This article was written by Simon Black and originally published at Sovereign Man

According to financial research firm ICI, total retirement assets in the Land of the Free now exceed $23 trillion.

$7.3 trillion of that is held in Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs).

That’s an appetizing figure, especially for a government that just passed $19 trillion in debt and is in pressing need of new funding sources.

Even when you account for all federal assets (like national parks and aircraft carriers), the government’s “net financial position” according to its own accounting is negative $17.7 trillion.

And that number doesn’t include unfunded Social Security entitlements, which the government estimates is another $42 trillion.

The US national debt has increased by roughly $1 trillion annually over the past several years.

The Federal Reserve has conjured an astonishing amount of money out of thin air in order to buy a big chunk of that debt.

But even the Fed has limitations. According to its own weekly financial statement, the Fed’s solvency is at precariously low levels (with a capital base of just 0.8% of assets).

And on a mark-to-market basis, the Fed is already insolvent. So it’s foolish to think they can continue to print money forever and bail out the government without consequence.

The Chinese (and other foreigners) own a big slice of US debt as well.

But it’s just as foolish to expect them to continue bailing out America, especially when they have such large economic problems at home.

US taxpayers own the largest share of the debt, mostly through various trust funds of Social Security and Medicare.

But again, given the $42 trillion funding gap in these programs, it’s mathematically impossible for Social Security to continue funding the national debt.

This reality puts the US government in rough spot.

It’s not like government spending is going down anytime soon; it already takes nearly 100% of tax revenue just to pay mandatory entitlements like Social Security, and interest on the debt.

Plus the government itself estimates that the national debt will hit $30 trillion within ten years.

Bottom line, they need more money. Lots of it. And there is perhaps no easier pool of cash to ‘borrow’ than Americans’ retirement savings.

$7.3 trillion in US IRA accounts is too large for them to ignore.

And if you think it’s inconceivable for the government to borrow your retirement savings, just consider the following:

1) Borrowing retirement funds is becoming a popular tactic.

Forced loans have been a common tactic of bankrupt governments throughout history.

Plus there’s recent precedent all over the world; Hungary, France, Ireland, and Poland are among many governments that have resorted to ‘borrowing’ public and private pension funds.

2) The US government has already done this with federal pension funds.

During the multiple debt ceiling fiascos since 2011, the Treasury Department resorted to “extraordinary measures” at least twice in order to continue funding the government.

What exactly were these extraordinary measures?

They dipped into federal retirement funds and borrowed what they needed to tide them over.

In fact, the debt ceiling debacles were only resolved because the Treasury Department had fully depleted available retirement funds.

3) They’ve been paving the way to borrow your retirement savings for a long time.

Two years ago the government launched a new initiative to ‘help Americans save for retirement.’

It’s called MyRA. And the idea is for people to invest retirement savings ‘in the safety and security of US government bonds’.

Since then they’ve gone on a marketing offensive involving the President, Treasury Secretary, and other prominent politicians.

(Most recently Nancy Pelosi published an Op-Ed in the San Francisco Chronicle a few days ago promoting the program.)

They’ve also proposed a number of legislative reforms to ‘encourage’ American businesses to sign their employees up for MyRA.

Just last week, Congress introduced the “Making Your Retirement Accessible”, or MyRA Act, which would charge a penalty to employers whose workers don’t have a retirement account.

The proposed penalty is $100. Per worker. Per day.

Imagine a small business with, say, 10 employees who don’t have retirement accounts. The penalty to Uncle Sam would be a whopping $30,000 PER MONTH.

There’s a word for this. It’s called extortion.

Obviously when facing a $30,000 monthly penalty, an employer will pick the easiest option.

Given the absurd amount of government regulation on the rest of the financial industry, MyRA is the fastest choice.

This isn’t about fear or paranoia. It’s about facts.

And the reality is that the government in the Land of the Free is moving in the direction of borrowing more and more of your retirement savings.

If you still remain skeptical, remember that last year the government stole more from its citizens through Civil Asset Forfeiture than thieves in the private sector.

Or that just 45-days ago a new law went into effect authorizing the government to strip you of your passport if they believe in their sole discretion that you owe them too much tax.

No judge. No jury. No trial. They just confiscate your passport.


Brandon Smith



  1. In December 1955 I left the Netherlands to migrate to Australia.

    To do so I had to have a clearance from the Dutch taxation office.

    I worked there and paid for my old age pension and I know that for sure because I made up the payroll.

    In Australia I became a member of NESWA ( Netherlands Ex-serviceman and Women Organization ).

    Since the Dutch Government refused to pay me I referred the case to that organization but they did not succeed.

    The person who handled that resigned because he was frustrated.

    Some people received a pension and others, under the same circumstances, were denied.

    To this day I have received nothing and never will.

    Because the Dutch government introduced a law that stated that people who left before July 1958 would not be entitled to receive their pensions.

    This date was cunning, after 1958 not many people migrated.

    So this article should be taken notice of.

    Dutch government said: “Molon Labe”.

  2. It’s funny that the Government calls Social Security an “entitlement” like they are doing us such a big favor letting us have the money they forcibly took out of our wages all of our lives. When SS went into operation we were told we could have it back when we retire, and the Government COULD NOT take it or BORROW from it ever.
    So what did they do? They STOLE it. They pillaged the funds, with an IOU of course but never payed it back.
    NOW, it’s called “UNFUNDED ENTITLEMENTS???”

    Stealing people’s pensions is nothing new folks! Get used to it, or get angry!!!

    1. They did not Steal the Funds. One of the Congresses at the time decided to place Social Security in the GENERAL FUND; therefore, Social Security/Medicare (which we are still paying into) actually goes into the General Fund, which Congress spends however they wish. There is no IOU because of this. They say Social Security is an Unfunded Liability, because they put all the funds in the General Fund. We pay out more social security/medicare/social security disability to people or their ancestors who have never paid into the system. I see advertisements all the time about “we can get you qualified to social security disability – apply now”.

      1. I would say that they DID indeed steal the funds if some Congress “decided to place Social Security in the General Fund”. That was theft and was also a violation of the government’s promise to the American people.
        They also lied about our Social Security number. They promised it would never be used for identification anyw3here but with Social Security. Today you can’t buy a home, rent a car, get a driver’s license, get a job, get a phone service, or any number of things without giving your SSN. I got my Social Security card back in 1962 and still have it. On the bottom of that card is printed clearly “Not For Identification”.

        They lied to us. They stole our fund to place it into a bottomless pit of debt called the General Fund, which now owes, not counting entitlements, somewhere near the 17 trillion dollar mark.

        I see no hope in WDC, no matter which political party is in “power”, and no matte which individual is President. The American people have all been had. The mechanism of governance is out of control, power-mad, vicious, greedy, and as we’ve seen in recent years, very dangerous to the individual citizen who does not bow down to kiss Caesar’s feet.

        Elias Alias, editor

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