Bailouts: Remember TARP? It’s almost entirely recouped, kids.
- $700B the amount the U.S. spent on the Troubled Asset Relief Program back in 2008
- $341B the amount it looked like taxpayers were going to lose on the bailout deal back in mid-2009
- $25B the amount it looks like we’ll lose on TARP; this is because we gave the money to banks source
» Not all is rosy in Bailoutville: One of the biggest issues we still face are the dual sinkholes of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which have reportedly cost taxpayers $150 billion and we like to think of as dual sinkholes. And some legislators feel that the effect has set us up for having to bail out unsuccessful companies in the future.