Thursday, December 3, 2009

Bank of America

I am troubled by the news today that Bank of America will be allowed to pay back the full amount of TARP bailout money it owes to the government. The reason why I am troubled by this is that the bank is doing this solely because it cannot seem to find a CEO that is willing to accept the government's pay restrictions. The fact that the government is allowing this shows that the banks are still in solid control and that the government still does not have principles for this policy.

Does this put the bank back in failure risk? I will have to check the balance sheet and the effect this move will have on it. I believe that this will have a terrible effect on the ability for consumers to get a loan. The bank will be tighter than ever with loans because they will have to be. In the meantime they will pay ridiculous amounts to their executives.

This allowance by the government clearly shows that the banks are still in control. They knew that Bank of America was having trouble finding a new CEO. Allowing this will shrink loans given out to consumers. Once again the government is putting us at risk. Now maybe Bank of America can pay this back and continue giving out loans. That most certainly can be the truth. But this situation is showing more clearly how the government is mismanaging the program.

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