I was just reading this article I found on Reddit. This scenario occurred to me:
If I?d had money in the stock market when Congress (and later the Senate and later Congress again) was considering the bailout, I would be damned either way. If I bet on them approving the bailout (to keep stock prices up temporarily) I?d be winning based on the government doing the wrong thing. So I?d definitely want to have pulled my money out so I could root for the thing thing that was best overall (no bailout) without conflict. So, theoretically, if I?d stayed in the market, I?d have been conflicted.