'Next time, it's going to be bad because people who evacuated like us
aren't going to evacuate,' Catherine Jones, 53, of Silsbee, Texas, who spent three days on a cot at a church shelter with her disabled son. 'They jumped the gun.'
They jumped the gun? How the hell was anyone supposed to know how bad things would get? Hurricane Gustav made landfall as a Category 3 storm. Sound familiar? As crappy as the government normally is, your life and thousands of your fellow citizens' lives were likely saved thanks to a bit of prudent planning (hardly perfect by any means) and concern. If you choose to gamble with your life, that's your business. But your gamble does not become the government's problem should you ignore a future evacuation order and need to be airlifted off the roof of your house.