For anyone left who is not convinced that Obama is a socialist... Barack Obama Maintains Control Over Banks By Refusing to Accept Repayment of TARP Money - WSJ.com bank is begging to give the money back. The chairman offers to write a check, now, with interest. He's been sitting on the cash for months and has felt the dead hand of government threatening to run his business and dictate pay scales. He sees the writing on the wall and he wants out. But the Obama team says no, since unlike the smaller banks that gave their TARP money back, this bank is far more prominent. The bank has also been threatened with "adverse" consequences if its chairman persists. That's politics talking, not economics. SO a bank wants to pay back the TARP money, with interest, and they are not going to take it.