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By Bob Bohanan:
Remorseless Political Factionist
On September 13, 2012 the Georgia Secretary of State issued the following press release:
The Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget has instructed the Office of the Secretary of State to further reduce its budget for FY13 and FY14 by 3% ($732,626). As it has been for the past two years, these cuts do not eliminate excess in the agency, but require the agency to further reduce services to the citizens of Georgia. As an agency that returns over three times what is appropriated back to the general fund, budget cuts present very challenging decisions.
When I was 16, life was good. Everything was in order. I had my last two years of high school planned, and I liked the plan. I had a large circle of friends and was part of the “in-crowd” at my suburban high school in Columbus, Ohio. I was at peace with my narrow, insulated, conservative world. Then my parents ruined my life. My dad got a big promotion at work, and we moved to Memphis.
Memphis might as well have been another planet. It couldn’t have been more foreign if it had been Liverpool or Sydney or Johannesburg. It was 1966…