I think stealing your retirement money was the plan when they invented the 401k. Why make the company promise defined benefits and have them "gamble" in the markets when they can just give you pennies on the dollar as a match and have you play in the casino. Word to the wise, they didn't build Vegas to make customers rich......wink wink. Good luck putting real money on man made assets that fluctuate in value depending on how much toilet paper bernanke decides he's going to make each month.
tooth, if your 401K hasn't performed well, you have only yourself to blame. If you were 100% in stocks in 2000 and 2008, and watched your 401K crater, shame on you. Makes no difference whether you're a Republican or Democrat; if you do your research and keep on your toes, your investments will do fine. No sympathy from me.