I have Posted a query about this issue on Blogger's help forums. I may have to stop using Chrome to post/edit, which would be annoying, because otherwise, Chrome works better for me on my netbook, and, frankly, sometimes it is nicer to sit in the easy chair with the netbook in my lap--often propped up on a cat!--and a frosty beverage by my side, not-watching TV and chatting with Mrs. Drang, all while blogging. (Or Facespacing...)
***Here's a link to Senator Sanders (NOT "SaUnders") on the Fed Audit:
The Fed Audit - Newsroom: U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (Vermont)
I actually suspect that many of these payments were known, sort of, but no one actually looked at the gestalt. If they go back to '07, were any of them included in TARP? Digging through my archives, you will see that I reluctantly came around to a half-hearted agreement that TARP--that is, the original, George W. Bush bail-outs--might be necessary in some cases. The cases I was thinking of were in industries like agriculture, fisheries, and the like where the small(ish) operator takes out a loan at the beginning of the operating cycle to do essential repair, upkeep, or replacement of critical equipment, or purchase critical supplies (seed, herbicides, pesticides, fertilizer), and then pays off the loans at the end of the cycle (i.e., harvest, selling the catch), and hopefully has enough to live off of until starting the cycle again next year.
I am indebted to Mrs. Drang, who happens to carry certifications in the commercial credit industry for patiently explaining this to me.
There may be a better way to do business in these fields, but, if we let that system fail, people would be dying while we figure out the replacement.
And, no, I am not entirely unbiased, what with my wife's job having something to do with the matter. (No, her employer did not get any bailout money, at least, not directly. Indirectly? I dunno, they deal with banks that may have, I never asked. Also, this credit stuff is not her entire job. But, if the fisheries collapse because the fishermen can't get the loans to maintain their equipment or buy provisions, then, yeah, her job might count on it. So, not entirely unbiased.)