It was somewhat refreshing to watch President Obama's news conference yesterday and to see that he may indeed have a pulse. It's about time that he step up to the plate and call out the Republican loonies who seem intent on having the USA default on its debt. The idea that the country's deficit problem can be solved without raising taxes is ridiculous. Why shouldn't the rich pay more? They can afford it. The GOP is now being ruled by the ignorant cretins who make up the Tea Party. Please, Bambi keep up the pressure on these dopes.