The public loves to hate the Troubled Asset Relief Program, which was approved during the Bush administration and expired Sunday. But as distasteful as it was to bail out investment banks and insurance companies, TARP was remarkably successful. Originally budgeted at $700 billion, TARP is now expected to be a $29 billion loss for taxpayers, according to a new Treasury Department report. And that loss is from the investments in the housing finance program and auto bailout, not Wall Street banks. As a Washington Post editorial concluded: "TARP helped save the United States from an economic collapse and bought time to get America's house in order under calmer circumstances. Goodbye, TARP. Good riddance — and thanks."