I think we are starting to see the chickens come home to roost. Every industry is thinking "If the government can bail out the investments banks, insurance companies, mortgage companies, mortgagees, farmers, people living on the coast/floodplains, etc. why not us?"
Quite frankly, I understand their position. While no one should have been bailed out by the government IMHO, I understand why everyone is standing with their hand out. They would not be good steadholders for their stockholders if they did less.
I would have my hand out except every time I do the government thinks it means I want to "contribute."