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See What People Are Saying About… Scathing TARP Criticism


The head of a congressional panel overseeing the $700 billion bailout program published some scathing criticisms about the TARP. She says she is "shocked" that officials trying to follow where the money has gone still have many unanswered questions.

Harvard University law professor Elizabeth Warren, appearing on national television Friday as her panel released a critical report on the rescue fund, said Congress "may want to take a very hard look" at how the money has been used by the banks that got the bulk of the initial disbursements.

Warren told ABC's "Good Morning America" that the Treasury Department "didn't put any tracking mechanisms on it."

Warren also said. "They didn't tell the banks what they had to do in order to get the money. It might be used for lending, it might be used to buy other banks ... Or it might just be stuffed in vaults and left there."

Asked if the Treasury had been given too much discretion in the use of the funds, Warren, a Harvard law professor, said, "I think that Congress may want to take a very hard look at that question.

And that leads to our Fast Money Reader Poll. Do you think that government should put constraints on how the remaining TARP funds are used?

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