global taxThe Obama administration is calling its proposed $90 billion bank tax the Financial Crisis Responsibility Fee, and its salesman is Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner.

The banking cartel’s manipulation of supposedly “free” markets is coming under increasing fire as a broad coalition of activists, legislators, and non-profit groups target the Federal Reserve System with lawsuits, investigations, criminal complaints, and federal transparency legislation. Now whistleblowers, and even some government officials, are also taking aim at “irregularities” in the precious-metals market being orchestrated by the banking cartel and its government allies.

GM adThe Competitive Enterprise Institute filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission on May 4, saying that General Motors is misleadingly claiming in a TV advertisement that it has already paid back its government loan in full.

Quick: What’s a “derivative”? The difference between a “custodial account” and a “trust”? “Listed” versus “unlisted” markets? “Debentures”? How about “price earning ratios”? “Assets” per se, versus “net asset value”? “Capitalism” versus “capitalization”? Stumped? Well, don’t feel badly. Most of your friends and neighbors are stumped, too, unless they majored in economics and are pursuing finance as a career.

Long term caution is affecting the economic decisions of millions of baby boomers. The continued growth of investment values led millions of Americans in their early 60s to indulge themselves and to retire early, confident that the values and income from their investments would provide a comfortable life for them without much care.