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No Laughing Matter

Despite the major environmental disaster unfolding in the Gulf and the attempted terrorist attack in New York's Times Square, President Obama spent his Saturday night laughing it up at the White House Correspondents' Dinner.

Believe it or not, the Anointed One couldn't find time on his busy schedule to comment on the car bomb incident until the very next day in Louisiana:

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PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: I want to commend the work of the NYPD, the New York Fire Department and the FBI which responded swiftly and aggressively to a dangerous situation.

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Moments later the president continued his comedy routine from Saturday even while discussing the massive oil spill:

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OBAMA: They give me an update on our efforts to stop the BP oil spill and mitigate the damage. By the way, I just want to point out, I was told it was drizzling out here. Is this Louisiana drizzle?

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The president has developed a reputation for not being able to take things seriously. Last year he was criticized for being grossly insensitive in the hours after the Fort Hood massacre.

You may recall this is what he said before commenting on the terrorist attack:

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OBAMA, NOV. 5, 2009: I hear that Dr. Joe Medicine Crow was around and so I want to give a shout out to that Congressional Medal of Honor winner. Good to see you.

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Mr. President, maybe you should save those shout-outs and jokes for another time. Seems a little inappropriate.

Border Battle

The Arizona immigration law has ruffled feathers here in the U.S., and now authorities in Mexico are making their voices heard on the subject. Mexican President Felipe Calderon called the law racially discriminatory and a "violation of human rights."

I wonder then what he would call Mexican immigration laws which are far more harsh than Arizona's new measure?

For example, under Mexican law, illegal immigration is a felony which can land you in prison for up to two years. Illegal immigrants who were deported and attempt to re-enter the country can be jailed up to 10 years. Mexico also reserves the right to deport any foreigner it deems detrimental to economic or national interest, who is not physical or mentally healthy or who "lacks the necessary funds for sustenance."

Wow, looks like if you're going to be an illegal immigrant, it's better to be one here in the U.S. than in Mexico.

Taxing Truth

It's on track to become the biggest broken promise of the Obama presidency. Do you remember this?

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OBAMA, SEPT. 12, 2008: I can make a firm pledge: Under my plan, no family making less than $250,000 a year, will see any form of tax increase. Not your income tax, not your payroll tax, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes.

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The president's Commission on Fiscal Responsibility is now developing a proposal that would shatter that pledge. Commission member Alice Rivlin — who was Jimmy Carter's budget director — recently said, "If we could put forward some practical proposals that control the rate of spending in the future and that raises revenues in a pro-growth way, I think we'll get a hearing in the Congress."

Obviously raising revenues is an artful way of saying raising your taxes.

Only a former adviser to Jimmy Carter would use the words "pro-growth" and "tax hikes" and do it in the same sentence with a straight face.

Climate Warning!

The Meltdown is brought to you by the National Institute of Environmental Health Scientists.

The government agency is issuing some dire warnings about how climate change may affect you and your family. According to a new report issued by the agency, "Mental health conditions associated with extreme [climate] events range from acute traumatic stress to post-traumatic stress disorder, complicated grief, depression, anxiety disorders, somatic complaints, poor concentration, sleep difficulties, sexual dysfunction, social avoidance, irritability and drug or alcohol abuse."

If someone in your family seems unusually stressed out, don't worry, it's global warming's fault.

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