Thanks to Zack Hudgins for sharing this article. The Republicans have turned their back on what Reagan said in 1983 during another debt ceiling debate:
Here’s how President Reagan reacted to crazy talk about not raising the national debt limit in 1983: “The full consequences of a default — or even the serious prospect of default — by the United States are impossible to predict and awesome to contemplate. Denigration 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.”
Congress gave Reagan the tax increases he wanted and lifted the debt ceiling. Anti-tax zealots predicted economic disaster. Events proved them wrong, precisely as they did after 1993 when President Bill Clinton won an increase in marginal income-tax rates that put the nation’s balance sheet in order.
Read the full article here: http://www.salon.com/news/politics/war_room/2011/07/06/lyons_debt_ceiling_reagan