Friday, April 25, 2008

Unfunded Adam Walsh Act

As we have published on this blog, no federal funds have ever been appropriated for implementation of the Adam Walsh Act laws, despite the fact that states like Ohio have irresponsibly rushed to pass these laws in order to gain the promise of federal funding. This is just another example of the backwards ineptitude of our legislators and government. WASHINGTON, April 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire:
"Nearly two years ago, Congress passed and President Bush signed into law The Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006 -- the most promising and comprehensive child protection legislation in decades," said John Walsh, host of 'America's Most Wanted.' "Unfortunately, despite the promise of a renewed commitment to protect our nation's children, almost none of the Adam Walsh Act's enforcement programs have been funded.

The US Marshals Service has received no new positions or funding for Adam Walsh related efforts. The USMS has no full-time personnel working these cases. Because no funding for Adam Walsh Act enforcement was included in the FY 2008 budget, the USMS is now facing a severe reduction in trained agents. It is in need of an additional $50 million in funding this year to go after these fugitives.

In other words, the U.S. Congress and Ohio legislature passed laws to appear tough on sex crimes, yet have never approved any money to enforce these unconstitutional laws. Still, the brilliant Ohio legislature has rushed forward to implement these laws on an emergency basis, in order to collect federal funds which never existed. Therefore, the constitutional rights of 30,000 Ohio citizens have been curtailed while there is no money to carry out these laws.

Where will the money come from? Open up your wallets again, Ohioans !