- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Recent editorials from Tennessee newspapers:

Feb. 11

The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, Tenn., on house leaning toward common sense on debt ceiling:

In an unusual display of responsible governance, the U.S. House may pass, with a minimum of drama, a relatively clean bill to raise the federal debt ceiling. This would avert another embarrassing government shutdown like the 16 days last October.

Technically, Uncle Sam maxed out his credit limit of $16.7 trillion last Friday. By fancy fiscal footwork, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew can postpone the day of reckoning when the government begins defaulting on its obligations until Feb. 27.

Raising the debt ceiling should be a simple, straightforward proposition. But House Speaker John Boehner says it’s lucky that Mother Teresa is already a saint because he doubts his fractious caucus could deliver the 218 votes to make her one.

In any event, the outlook for raising the debt limit is good. However briefly it lasts, an aura of something like common sense seems to have settled over the House chamber. Even Tea Party Caucus founder Michele Bachmann says, “There is a pragmatism here. You’ve got to know when to hold them and know when to fold them. My assessment is that most of us don’t think now is the time to fight.”

Encouragingly, Boehner flatly pronounced, “Look, we don’t want to default on our debt. And we’re not going to default on our debt.”

Hold that thought, Mr. Speaker.

Online:

http://www.commercialappeal.com

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Feb. 10

The Tennessean, Nashville, Tenn., on stopping the execution train:

If the state of Tennessee has its way, it will put 10 people to death in a period of 18 months between April 22, 2014, and Nov. 17, 2015.

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