01/08/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

TARP Not Easing Lending

Kurt Lieber feels as if he's had the TARP pulled out from under him.

As the owner of Werther International, a Houston company that sells air compressors and automotive service equipment, Lieber for years maintained a $50,000 line of credit with American Express. He kept it mostly for emergencies, drawing on it occasionally to mitigate fluctuations in cash flow and meet monthly expenses.

He hadn't tapped the credit line since early 2006, but because of the souring economy, he thought he might need it toward the end of the year.

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