World Bank PresidentRobert Zoellick said on Wednesday he will step down in June, raising questions as to whether the United States will for the first time throw open the job it has always claimed as its own.
Speculation has been rife in recent months over who might take the job when Zoellick departs. Possible U.S. candidates include Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former White House economic adviser Larry Summers. Though Clinton denied any interest in the position last June, she has said on numerous occasions that she will not remain in her Cabinet post for a second Obama term.
In the national survey, Obama holds an edge against all the remaining Republican presidential candidates in hypothetical head-to-head matchups. Obama’s approval rating appears up slightly among independents.
The poll indicates that the GOP‘s advantage on voter enthusiasm has been erased, and that the number of Americans who think things are going well in the country is on the rise — from 25% in November to 30% in December and 40% now. [cnn]
Rick, I am just going on what I remember from having studied America history: The Pilgrims, Puritans and Quakers found it difficult to practice their religions in Europe. They immigrated the New World to establish colonies where they were an ocean away from any king and they could freely worship our God in the manner of their choosing. Many immigrants followed them and more colonies were established. Then some brave heroes decided to break all ties with the crown and establish a free and new government. With the help the French government and the help of Hessian troops, they won the Revolutionary War and the United States of Americatook her place on the global stage. We have a government in which the church and the state were separate. Rick, your campaign has introduced the
power and interests of the Catholic Church into our government. I am told that members of the hierarchy of the Catholic Church were on Capitol Hill lobbying members of Congress. Even before the GOP has chosen its nominee, Rick Santorum has ignored the separation of church and state and started a war between the current administration and the Catholic Church in America. I don’t know if you are following orders from the Vatican, or not. Rick Santorum, you are dangerous! If God turned His back on us and you became president, I shutter to think about how quickly you would turn our government into a theocracy. (Iran is a theocracy, I believe. Wow!) From your several statements on your Catholic education and upbringing, you would impose your personal religion on us. This would be antithetical to the design for America that our fore-fathers bequeathed to generations to come. We witness warning signs that the Bible says herald the Second Coming of Christ. The Bible speaks of an anti-christ with charisma and charm who would marshall global military power and will fight forces from Heaven in a final battle where Good will Triumph over evil. Rick Santorum, are you the anti-christ?