Don't see a current thread, what was related is probably buried. Now that Chase and other stronger banks are trying to repay TARP funds, it appears that they will only be permitted to do so if they meet the conditions imposed by the government. While I understand that you want to make sure that those that are trying to repay aren't going to get back in trouble again, FT indicates that there is some desire on the part of officials to maintain control of bank administration. If banks can operate efficiently and effectively without government intervention, why are we (anecdotal reports in various articles) forcing banks to accept TARP money and forcing them to keep it? Shouldn't the role of regulation be to ensure that the market operates fairly? All this does is support the key underpinning of the tea parties - which was quickly buried by every other tangental story - that the bailouts have been poorly handled ever since Congress and the Bush administation thought that tax "refunds" were a good idea.