This lib talking point is a perfect example of how libs argue.
The DEMOCRATS controlled Congress when Reagan was President. The DEMOCRATS demanded that the debt ceiling be raised then. Reagan vetoed numerous Democrat budget bills and even allowed government shutdowns because the Democrats wanted to spend too much money.
The Dems in Congress were outraged that Reagan wanted to increase Defense spending and vowed to match those increases, "dollar for dollar", with new social spending. They more than succeeded, getting $1.73 in new entitlements for every new dollar they gave Reagan for Defense.