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Bailed-Out Banks Paying Back TARP With Govt Money


Paying your Visa bill with your MasterCard.



Banks Used Two Billion In Govt Loans To Repay TARP


An Obama administration program is under fire, with federal investigators finding that community banks used government funds to pay back TARP bailouts -- instead of lending the money to small businesses as originally intended. The watchdog report found that $2.1 billion of the administration's $4 billion Small Business Lending Fund went to repaying bailouts instead of providing loans to small businesses.

In other words, funds were used first to pay off TARP bailouts, then considered for use as small-business loans.

Some in the banking industry said certain banks looking for a way to get rid of the high-interest TARP loans entered SBLF specifically to get low-interest financing to pay off their bailouts. Cliff McCauley, a senior vice president at Frost Bank in San Antonio, told CNN that he steered clear of both programs, adding:

"Everyone went in thinking it was one of the ways to pay back TARP." Banks bailed out by TARP were repaying the money at interest rates ranging from 5 to 9 percent. SBLF funds could be repaid at 1 percent interest.

Congress initially appropriated $30 billion for the SBLF, but only $4 billion of those funds were ever used. The report also stated that former TARP banks that received money from SBLF but failed to increase lending won’t be penalized for their actions.




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Judge Napolitano explains to Neil Cavuto:

Can you imagine the absurdity? You owe me money, so I'll lend you the money with which to pay me back the money that you owe me? That is literally what is being done with taxpayer dollars.

That is sort of like you and me paying our Visa bill with our MasterCard.



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WASHINGTON (AP) -- A government watchdog says that 137 community banks used $2.1 billion from a special fund aimed at boosting lending to small businesses to repay their bailouts from the financial crisis.

May 10, 2013 at 1:52 AM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
Geithner should have his ass clawed back for this.
May 10, 2013 at 3:24 AM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
Another shining example of American Corporatism as well as our tax dollars being used to further enrich criminals while digging the financial abyss deeper to bury the American taxpayer in.
May 10, 2013 at 7:18 AM | Unregistered CommenterS. Gompers
Is there a list of these banks anywhere?
May 10, 2013 at 9:38 AM | Unregistered CommenterSKINFLINT
No DB, This is f--cling ridiculous. http://m.nydailynews.com/1.1339986
May 10, 2013 at 2:44 PM | Unregistered CommenterSKINFLINT
Isn't this what GM did as well? Pay off their treasury loan with borrowed $$$. Treasury got an interest in GM stock as security for the loan?
May 10, 2013 at 2:48 PM | Unregistered CommenterJosie
Pretty much, while I got Fee yocked out of my shares of stock. Thank you.
May 10, 2013 at 4:04 PM | Unregistered CommenterSKINFLINT
Here's a link about some more Completely F---ing Ridiculous B-llsh-t!!!

May 14, 2013 at 11:38 AM | Unregistered CommenterSagebrush

Great link. I had wondered about the 400 ton gold sale as I posted the Santelli clip last month where he talked about the rumor.
May 14, 2013 at 12:22 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail

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