People understand what’s at stake here. They know this is not a gift to anybody. They understand this is an investment.You know that old saying: "Hi. I'm from the government. I'm here to help."
In the case of TARP, the government is buying stock in banks. As these banks stabilize and begin to earn greater profits, the government will get its money back and potentially profit from it. ... In the absence of the government making these investments, the economy would be in a lot worse shape than it is today. [source]
A suggestion: Beware of government busybodies who tell you they come to you with "investments" and have your best interests at heart.
Apparently some aren't as confident as Mr. Boucher seems to be about the bailout's potential success. In fact, his actions could be viewed by some as an effort to weaken the banking industry.
That might explain this (click on the image to enlarge it) , found on a sign at a bank ... in Boucher's hometown of Abingdon:
Most local banks, as the management of this one seems to be wanting everyone to understand, didn't get caught up in the risky loan business that has swept so many of America's larger lending institutions from America's landscape. There are still gobs of smaller banks that are still viable and making loans to local patrons on a daily basis.
It could also be a message to the good congressman:
"We know what we're doing. Butt out."
In either case, these guys rock.