So, happily, our benevolent overlords at Treasury announced yesterday that ten banks would be allowed (did you catch that, "allowed") to repay the TARP money that most of them didn't want in the first place. Hallelujah. Naturally, BB&T, The Money Speech's favorite bank bar-none, was one of the ten. Kelly King, their new CEO had a good quote:
This is an important achievement for BB&T....Repaying the government's investment will give us greater flexibility to benefit significantly from future opportunities that will be available as we emerge from this recession. In addition, we will become even more focused on the business of serving our clients, rather than dealing with government distractions.
That's over-regulated businessman speak for "Get the fuck off my lawn, government." A BB&T spokesman had another good line: "I haven't seen anybody swinging from the chandeliers yet, but obviously this was the result we wanted." These quotes are getting more than proportional press time, and I think it's due to the fact that the other spineless bank executives won't call the government out. Regardless, I must say I feel much safer as a BB&T shareholder, safer in the knowledge that the bank will, more or less (it is a regulated institution, after all) be run with my financial interests at heart.