You wouldn’t know it by all the rain we’ve had lately, but Georgia needs water to satiate its thirst for growth.
And the best way to get water is to grab land.
Fortunately for us, Georgia politicians have an impeccable record (see Yazoo Land Fraud) when it comes to land deals and the good people of Tennessee probably won’t miss a sliver of land between us and the gushing Tennessee River.
Or maybe they will.
An article titled “Tennessee, Georgia at war over state line” in the Chattanooga Times Free Press seems to indicate they are onto us.
No matter, we have House Resolution 4 on our side, which states Georgia will take it all the way to the Supreme Court if Tennessee does not agree to swap 66.5 square miles of Tennessee land for a 1.5-mile strip of Tennessee land that Georgia would lay a monster pipe on to pump a billion gallons of water per day.
As someone who paid the Ga. 400 toll for years after the road was paid for, I don’t see why Tennessee has a problem with exchanging land with itself and giving Georgia a billion gallons of water per day in exchange for nothing.
Whatever happened to “love and water thy neighbor?”
Georgia lawmakers think the U.S. Supreme Court, which has a history of sticking it to the Peach State, will buy the argument that Georgia is legally entitled to about a mile of land stretching the length of the border.
Georgia claims when the two states were created in the late 1700s it was agreed the border would be the 35th parallel. But, in 1818, the states hired surveyors with an apparent penchant for sippin’ whisky who determined the border was about a mile south of the 35th parallel. Georgia never officially agreed to that blatant theft, but didn’t go to war over it at the appropriate time either.
During the drought, in 2008, Georgia legislators called for border negotiations but didn’t get their fantasy pipe, probably because the 40,000 or so residents of the area Tennessee would lose didn’t want to pay 6 percent state income taxes in exchange for a better college football team.
Now, Georgia lawmakers are trying again.
I’m not a betting man, but I’d wager Georgia has as much a chance of winning this one as Florida Gulf Coast has at winning the NCAA championship.
Maybe the problem isn’t that Atlanta doesn’t have enough water. Maybe the problem is too many people? Ponder that one next time you sit in traffic.