There is an article on cnnmoney.com that talks about how hard it is to give the money back that banks received from TARP funding. Some banks are saying that the funds that were given to them are actually preventing them from growing. The banks want the government out of their hair and allow them to run their bank as usual. None of them want to be the next AIG.
If the government was going to force banks to take money even though they didn’t need it to try to cover up the ones that did, why are they not making it easier for the people to pay back what they didn’t need in the first place? It is obvious which of the big banks needed the funds; the government really isn’t covering up anything.
(Bankers: Take your TARP money back http://money.cnn.com/2009/03/27/news/economy/tarp_takeback/index.htm)