Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Good for Gerald McCormick for Ignoring those Baby Georgians

Posted By on Wed, Feb 19, 2014 at 5:30 AM

There's a wonderful story in the Times-Free Press about Georgia's ongoing whining about their lack of water and our House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick's efforts to cold-shoulder them just as hard as a person can cold-shoulder a state.

Georgia lawmakers say Tennessee can have the strip of land — and its 30,817 residents — provided the Volunteer State gives up an unpopulated 1.5 square miles near Dade County so a pipeline could be built to pump up to 1 billion gallons a day from Nickajack Lake to water-thirsty Atlanta.

If Tennessee doesn't agree by the time the Georgia Assembly ends it 40-day session, then Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens is instructed to file suit in the U.S. Supreme Court, according to a resolution that Georgia lawmakers passed overwhelmingly last year.


"That's fine. They might as well go ahead," he said. "More power to them. We're not going to move the state line, and we're not going to give them the Tennessee River."

Here's what I find irritating about this. It's not just that, whenever I go to visit my brother — dead of winter, heat of summer — I drive by golf courses with their sprinklers on and amusement parks full of water rides running full bore, as if Atlanta has not tried, oh, I don't know, conserving some water before they complain about not having any. It's that, not only do they want our water, they want it from the easiest place to get it. "Oh, give us a little bit of land right where the water is easy to get to because we're giant babies."

Ha, to be obnoxious, we should give them all the parts of Tennessee that are on the Arkansas side of the Mississippi River now and then charge them a ton of money to run a water pipe from Far West Georgia through our state to Regular Georgia. What? You said you wanted some of our land on a river? We gave you some of our land on a river.

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