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Richard Rider

How 401-k plans can approach zero annual cost and fees

One common labor union objection to defined contribution pension plans (401-k plans) is that the administration costs are “1%-3%” annually. They assert that it’s much less expensive to let CalPERS or other “experts” manage a huge pooled account.

And indeed that high 1-3% individual account annual cost would be a major impediment. IF it were true.

It’s not. Not if one makes even a rudimentary effort to control costs down to 0.2%. And in some cases, the cost can approach 0.1% a year.

No, not 1% a year. That’s ONE-TENTH of ONE PERCENT annually –TOTAL cost. And it can be even less.

Furthermore, the employer — public or private — can make and set such cost limitations for the employees. There are sensible restrictions the employer can suggest to avoid the gambler’s tendency to figuratively bet on the lottery with their pensions.

Let me add that the advice contained below is readily available for ANY investor — IRA’s, 401-k plans or just brokerage account investing of personal investments. Everyone should at least be aware of this option.

The “trick” is… Read More

Congressman John Campbell

Fix It: Episode IV

Health Care is an important topic. Not just because of the obvious fact that we all need it and it directly relates to the continuity and quality of human life. But, also because it represents a major segment of our economy. And, the economic impact doesn’t just extend to medical care providers. It also affects employers, through whom most Americans obtain their health insurance if they are under 65 years of age, and the economy at large.

It will be no surprise to readers of this missive that I think ObamaCare is an unmitigated disaster. But, even if you think it was a good thing, the problems surrounding its implementation have injected even more government-created uncertainty into a major element of the economy. Uncertainty retards growth because it freezes capital, labor and decision makers. The uncertainty here is not just a result of the pending Supreme Court decision. It began long before that as it quickly became apparent that major elements of ObamaCare just don’t work. Even the White House has admitted this. Even more problematic, the provisions that the White House has already agreed not to implement have now put other parts of the law in question… Read More

Congressman Buck McKeon

House Votes to Avoid Hike in Student Loan Interest Rate- White House and Democrats Flip Flop and Decide to Support Wasteful Spending Over Struggling College Graduates

Today, I voted in favor of the Interest Rate Reduction Act (H.R. 46828), legislation that will roll back wasteful Obama Care spending to pay for a one year extension of the current interest rate on subsidized Stafford Loans made to undergraduate students. The president has visited various battleground states urging Congress to prevent an interest rate spike his party set in motion in 2007. But now that House Republicans are taking action, Washington Democrats have decided to dangerously politicize and distort the facts.

House Democrats have grossly claimed that the Republican plan will “hurt women and children” because H.R. 4682 repeals the so-called Prevention and Public Health Fund, an Obama Care grant program that has become little more than a multi-billion dollar slush fund for the president to spend on his own priorities, and redirects its resources to student loan relief and deficit reduction. Democrats vehemently protest this plan while… Read More

Jon Fleischman

AD6: Beth Gaines Hits Pugno On Ballot Designation

Fresh off of a successful court victory where a judge ruled that Assemblywoman Beth Gaines can keep her ballot designation of Small Business Owner (she and her husband, State Senator Ted Gaines, co-own an insurance office), Gaines is in mailboxes now with a hard-hitting piece on her Republican opponent, Andy Pugno, over his occupation. Since the piece speaks for itself, I’ve put it up below. Yes folks, it’s officially campaign season!… Read More

John Hrabe

FPPC’s Power to Regulate Drudge, Out-of-State Sites

(This piece is cross-posted from CalWatchdog.com.) Read it here.

California’s chief political watchdog, Ann Ravel, recently announced plans to regulate political websites that accept payments from campaigns.California bloggers right, left and center quickly criticized the proposal for quashing free speech and putting them at a disadvantage to out-of-state competitors.

“The Internet is global,” wrote Mark Paul on his blog, the California Fix. “The commission’s jurisdiction is limited to California. If campaigns find it useful to make payments to online sock puppets, won’t they funnel the dollars to bloggers living outside the state? Do we want to send jobs out of California?”

Out-of-state competition might not be a problem, say some legal experts, because California’s Fair Political Practices Commission could cross state lines and police out-of-state blogs and websites, including international news… Read More

Jon Fleischman

Hagman’s AB 2429, Up Today, Says No Full-Time Perks For Part-Time Politicians

This morning Assemblyman Curt Hagman will have his bill, AB 2429, heard before the Assembly Public Employees, Retirement and Social Security Committee. This piece of legislation is very straightforward. Ask yourself, should a part-time elected official (most city councils, school boards, water boards and so on…) be taking down full-time employee benefits? If your answer is no, then Hagman’s bill is the way to go. Simply put, beginning with January of 2013, those elected to part-time local offices may not receive any benefits for service, other than the allowable stipend under state law. Right now the vast majority of the state’s over 25,000 local elected officials are not only getting their monthly stipends, but are also taking down gold-plated health care plans. In some cases, after being re-elected a second time, they are awarding these part-time officials with lifetime healthcare benefits. One particularly egregious practice is where the local elected waives the healthcare insurance, and the local government which they oversee then pays them cash in lieu of taking it!

If a position is full time — then I think everyone understands that it… Read More

Jon Fleischman

Instead Of Waiting For Tax Hikes To Fail This Fall, Democrats Should Embrace Billions In Savings Outlined By CalTax

When the economy is hurting, it means that most people are having a tough go of it. Families who are managing tight budgets are doing everything they can to make every dollar stretch further. Of course, as we know, when California residents are less prosperous, that adversely effects the amount of taxes generated for government use. If your income is less (or nonexistent), that means you are paying less (or no) income taxes. If you have less money to spend on buying things, then you are generating less sales tax. It’s not a difficult situation to figure out. It falls on the shoulders of our state’s policymakers — the Governor and 120 state legislators, to address the consequences of shrinking tax revenues. But as we have seen in a state budget calamity that has been going on for year, Democrat politicians in California have been unwilling to implement billions of dollars in savings — even when those savings have been laid out in front of them, providing an actual road map towards saving vast sums of taxpayer funds.

We have seen recommendations in the form of findings from state audits, reports from grand juries, recommendations from the… Read More

Richard Rider

How I kicked elitist Bank of America’s butt across the entire state of California

In the last few days a story has emerged concerning the Bank of America terminating all dealings with their existing corporate customer because the company — horrors! — manufactures firearms.

http://www.rogerhedgecock.com/story/17668445/bank-of-america-drops-mcmillan

Naturally gun owners are incensed, as am I. But I’ve had a longstanding dislike for B of A. We had quite a row years ago — they “done me wrong.”

Bad idea, B of A. As a result, I very publicly kicked Bank of America’s butt from San Diego to San Francisco. Payback’s a bitch, as B of A found out. Here’s the story:

My Very Satisfying Battle with Bank of America by Richard Rider

Back in the early 1990’s, I had an extremely annoying run-in with Bank of America. With their usual disdain for the small individual customer, they treated me poorly. But I got even – big-time. Perhaps others might find this story and strategy useful in dealing with unresponsive businesses or governments.

For over a decade, my wife and I had a large safe deposit box at… Read More

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