That's the rule, right? "There is no free lunch" is another way of putting it.
But apparently someone forgot to tell the executives who took TARP money that the world worked that way - and now they are being presenting with the check.
Were these people really stupid enough to think that anything the government gave you was free? You pay with your money, you pay with your vote - but politicians always collect, one way or the other. Dealing with Uncle Vinnie might be easier, come to think of it.
So, how does it feel to be bought and paid for by Uncle Sam now, guys?