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I don't trust them to keep Roth's untaxable any more than I trust them to leave the SS retirement age at 65 (oops - they already changed that didn't they??- with more changes to come I'm sure.)

True, but they have never taken away a benefit that has already been bestowed on anyone. In the case of social security, they may delay or cancel benefits that you were supposed to get, but they will never reduce benefits already given.

In the case of a Roth IRA, with the income taxes already paid, I don't think they will ever tax the money a second time using income taxes. Of course, they could devise some sort of 'wealth tax', like the 'intangibles tax' in Florida, where they simply levy a tax against the size of your equity portfolio, but that would likely affect any kind of account; not just a Roth.

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