Surprise! Government Doesn’t Want Banks to Give Back TARP Money

Really, if anyone’s surprised that government doesn’t want banks to buy back their freedom by repaying TARP funds, I have some swampland I’d like to get rid of: Obama Wants to Control the Banks:

I must be naive. I really thought the administration would welcome the return of bank bailout money. Some $340 million in TARP cash flowed back this week from four small banks in Louisiana, New York, Indiana and California. This isn’t much when we routinely talk in trillions, but clearly that money has not been wasted or otherwise sunk down Wall Street’s black hole. So why no cheering as the cash comes back?

My answer: The government wants to control the banks, just as it now controls GM and Chrysler, and will surely control the health industry in the not-too-distant future. Keeping them TARP-stuffed is the key to control. And for this intensely political president, mere influence is not enough. The White House wants to tell ’em what to do. Control. Direct. Command.

It is not for nothing that rage has been turned on those wicked financiers. The banks are at the core of the administration’s thrust: By managing the money, government can steer the whole economy even more firmly down the left fork in the road.

If the banks are forced to keep TARP cash — which was often forced on them in the first place — the Obama team can work its will on the financial system to unprecedented degree. That’s what’s happening right now.

Read the whole thing. The potential positive?  Maybe it will teach the remaining honest businessmen, once and for all, what is the price of the mixed economy. Couple this kind of lesson with a good reading of Atlas Shrugged, and we’ll be getting somewhere.

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