Apparently, the Republicans in Congress need a brief remedial lesson in the history of debt ceilings in this country over the last thirty years.January 1982 - Commission on Fiscal Accountability of the Nation's Energy Resources -- Debt at $1.14 TrillionJanuary 1983 - National Commission on Social Security Reform - - Debt at $1.20 TrillionJanuary 1984 - Executive Committee of the President's Private Sector Survey on Cost Control in the Federal Government aka - Grace Commission -- Debt at $1.43 TrillionJuly 1993 - National Commission on Financial Institution Reform, Recovery and Enforcement - Debt at $4.35 TrillionSeptember 1993 - From Red Tape to Results: Creating a Government that Works Better and Costs Less (Gore Commission) - Debt at $4.41 TrillionOctober 1997 - National Bipartisan Commission on the Future of Medicare - Debt at $5.42 TrillionFebruary 1999 - Commission to Study Capital Budgeting - Debt at $5.62 TrillionDecember 2001 - The President's Commission to Strength Social Security - Debt at $5.94 TrillionAugust 2005 - National Surface Transportation Infrastructure Financing Commission - Debt at $7.92 TrillionNovember 2005 - President's Advisory Panel on Federal Tax Reform - Debt at $8.09 TrillionOctober 2008 - Congressional Oversight Panel (Emergency Economic Stabilization Act) - Debt at $10.57 TrillionFebruary 2009 - President's Economic Recovery Advisory Board - Debt at $10.87 TrillionMay 2009 - Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission - Debt at $11.32 TrillionSeptember 2010 -The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget (CRFB) comprehensive report titled The Future is Now: A Balanced Approach to Stabilize the Public Debt and Promote Economic Growth - Debt at $13.56 TrillionNovember 2010 - Peterson-Pew Commission on Budget Reform - Getting Back in the Black - Debt at $13.86 TrillionNovember 2010 - Bipartisan Policy Center (Domenici / Rivlin) - Restoring America's Future - Debt at $13.86 TrillionDecember 2010 - National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform (Fiscal Commission) - Debt at $14.02 Trillion