First off, TSP funds belong to employees of the government and do not belong to the government. The government only collects TSP funds from employee pay with some matching- just like an employee’s 401K funds belong to the employee and not to the employer. The TSP is the federal employee’s 401K plan, funded by a combination of mandatory and elective payroll withdrawals. The TSP was put in place by Reagan when he eliminated the former defined benefit retirement plan for new hires, moved former federal pension funds into the treasury, and ‘marketed’ the values of the TSP plan to entice existing employees to convert their old retirement plans. The large infusion of federal employee’s mandated and elective deposits into indexed funds had a lot to do with the growth of the stock, bond and money markets which have also increased these markets for those counting on their 401K plans. The TSP invests in products to align with well defined and broadly accepted indices, which ensures government accountability and permits participants to make rational risk-reward assessments to rebalance their TSP during the periods when this is permitted. Don’t politicize these funds in order to punish some other government. It destroys any faith that our government is acting in good faith with employee’s retirement funds, undercuts what is now a clear-cut accountability and has a significant potential side effect of damaging all of the 401K plans that many Americans are counting upon. This is one of the many things that politicians should not be mucking about with.