Folks are in quite a tizzy over President Barack Obama\u2019s effort to raise the debt ceiling. Holy Moly!! This guy is killing us! We\u2019ll be in debt for the rest of our lives, as well as the lives of our children and our children\u2019s children. What is this guy thinking? On a very regular basis, GOP representatives and senators in Washington stand ashen-faced in front of TV cameras and warn ominously about the coming end of the world. It\u2019s all this Democratic tax and spend stuff doncha know? Except that ... As usual, there\u2019s nothing new under the sun. Here, as they say, is the rest of the story, (and then only a part of it.) When it comes to raising the debt ceiling, Republicans know what they\u2019re talking about when they slam the present administration. That\u2019s \u2018cause they\u2019re pros at raising debt ceilings. This debt ceiling issue is not something new. Even President Ronald Reagan raised the debt ceiling \u2014 THREE TIMES! And he did so rather enthusiastically. Back in 1983, he begged for help in raising the debt ceiling from then Senate Majority Leader Howard Baker of Tennessee. Reagan basically told Baker in a letter that if the debt ceiling wasn\u2019t raised, the world as we know it would come to an end. \u201cThe full consequences of a default \u2013 or even the serious prospect of default \u2013 by the United States are impossible to predict and awesome to contemplate,\u201d wrote Reagan. \u201cDenigration of the full faith and credit of the United States would have substantial effects on the domestic financial markets and the value of the dollar.\u201d In 1981, while in a budget battle with Congress, Saint Ronald, (despite his undeserved reputation as a fiscal conservative), signed off on a bump in the debt ceiling which sent it over the $1 trillion for the first time in history. And, by the way, the national deficit continued to skyrocket, with few if any cuts on the expenditure side of the budget. Then, Reagan increased the debt ceiling in 1985 and 1987 \u2014 again without any agreements on spending controls or fiscal responsibility. The Reagan administration\u2019s huge supply side tax cuts opened the door for an almost immediate creation of monstrous budget deficits. True. Reagan produced balanced budgets, but he also created incredible and record setting debt. The GOP kinda conveniently forgets this stuff when they trot out their doom and gloom responses to the present problem. They promise to be the tax cutting party, but forget that even their hero \u2013 Pres. Reagan \u2014 raised taxes 11 times. During Reagan\u2019s time in office, the national debt tripled, (that\u2019s times three.) But hey, it\u2019s all good. So, here we are. Just in the last 15 years or so, the debt ceiling has been raised 11 times. Eleven. President George Bush the Younger took office when the federal budget was in the black and there actually was a surplus. At the time, the Congressional Budget Office suggested there would continue to be a surplus of well over $5.5 trillion for 10 years to come. But, following the highly vaunted Bush tax cuts, and by the time things really started going south in the national economic scene, Bush had created a $4 trillion increase in debt \u2014 more than a 70 percent jump. By the end of his presidency, Bush was being forced to increase the debt ceiling to $11. 3 trillion. And here\u2019s the interesting thing ... I wrote a column about it back then \u2014 about the danger of raising the debt ceiling \u2014 and there wasn\u2019t one word of response. Just me. The bleeding heart liberal slamming the president once again. But today, it\u2019s all Obama\u2019s fault. What a bunch of bullwash. During the Bush administration, Republicans voted seven times, (that\u2019s 7), to increase the debt ceiling. Today, they stand there with drawn faces and preach fiscal responsibility. Back in the day, Vice President Dick Cheney famously sneered at the press saying: \u201cReagan proved deficits don\u2019t matter.\u201d I guess not \u2014 as long as there\u2019s a Republican in the White House. If there\u2019s a Democrat, it\u2019s a whole different story. Then deficits are simply more proof of the Democrats irresponsible way with the pocket book. Look, despite their protestations today, both Senate leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker John Boehner voted to increase debt ceilings to support budgets being crushed by poorly planned Bush tax cuts of 2001 and 2003, the disastrous war in Iraq and Afghanistan, and adjustments to the Medicare prescription drug program. I wish these guys would tell the whole story, and even part of the truth.