Innovative ways to stimulate the economy: Replace zombie banks with new ones


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I've lost track of how much taxpayer money has gone towards propping up zombie banks -- those that are saddled with toxic assets whose marking to market wipes out their capital and keeps them from lending. TARP gave them $350 billion last year and at least another $350 billion this year -- not to mention another $750 billion that is included in recent legislation. But how much of that capital infusion have the zombie banks lent out? Not much.