A Treasury official said that the administration now believes the cost of the financial rescue program will be at least $200 billion below the $341 billion estimate it made in August.
the lower estimate reflected faster repayments by big banks and less spending on some of the rescue programs as the financial sector recovered from its free fall more quickly than the administration originally expected.
Geez ... the numbers were only off by more than 50%.

Geithner said that the administration expected to have $175 billion in repayments from the banking system by the end of next year.
Treasury has spent about $450 billion from the TARP, including around $290 billion poured into banks.
Uh ... what about the other $350 billion, then?