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Budget brinkmanship is killing my retirement

Budget brinkmanship is killing my retirement

As someone who has neither a defined pension plan nor a government provided plan, I am totally fed up with the budget and debt ceiling battles in Washington ("Opening round in funding fight," Sept. 20). Like millions of Americans, my previous employers provided me with a 401k plan which means I must self-direct my retirement planning. Yes, I have a financial planner, but even he is at a loss in developing a solid financial plan when one has very little idea what the idiots in Washington will do this fiscal go around. Like other 401k and Individual Retirement Account owners, my retirement funds took a hit during the financial crisis. I don't want to ever experience that...