Once things get really broken, the 10 ton gorilla has to get involved. It usually takes a long time. But when the grown-ups are in charge, it happens sooner, rather than later.
Small shareholders who are playing with their own money are too busy. Institutional investors playing with other people's money are busy and don't have the same fear as the small investors. But when the grown ups run the government, they are just doing their job.
If everybody just does their job, things usually work out for the best.
Besides, as it has been said, "Nothing so focuses the mind like the prospect of one's own hanging"
Government Forces Out Wagoner at GM
"The Obama administration used the threat of withholding more bailout money to force out General Motors Corp. Chief Executive Rick Wagoner and administer harsh medicine to Chrysler LLC, marking one of the most dramatic government interventions in private industry since the economic crisis began last year."