Although I’ve beaten this drum for the last four years, I’m going to continue to rip flamadiddles on the same theme until my hinged wrists get tired. TARP, when it stuck to its intended purpose (before it became a slush fund to bail out the auto unions), not only saved many deserving community banks, it has ended up making a net profit for the US government. One more example is a recent auction of TARP preferred stock of a "saved" Texas community bank.
The U.S. Treasury said Friday it expects to recoup $19.8 million in proceeds from the public auction of FC Holdings Inc.’s Troubled Asset Relief Program debt.
The Treasury priced 21,042 TARP shares of the Sugar Land-based bank holding company’s TARP at $897 per share, which would ring up at $18.8 million. Another 1,052 TARP shares are expected to be sold for $955 per share, totaling $1 million, according to the Treasury.
FC Holdings, the bank holding company for Sugar Land-based First Community Bank, originally received $21 million in TARP in 2009. The Treasury said it has gotten back about $268 billion from its TARP investment in the U.S. banking industry, which was $245 billion.
Unfortunately, the hard-core critics of TARP will never admit that there might have been some good done for some banks, along with all the evil visited upon pure free market principles. The facts keep rolling in like waves onto the shore, and many refuse to acknowledge the error of their ideological ways. It's tough to prove a negative, namely, the proposition that if TARP had not been created, the economy would have tanked a lot worse than it did in 2008-2009.
It's a question of judgment. On this matter, I choose to trust my own. Of course, I'm leaving AIG out of the calculations. That organization wasn't among the "banks" TARP was originally designed to bail out. Nor, for that matter, was Chrysler.