I subscribe to a chatboard about Thailand. Expats and others discuss events there and comment on them. It kind of keeps me aware of what’s happening there.
I was reading a discussion on the rise of the Thai Baht in relation to other currencies. The Thai Baht is the fastest appreciating currencies in the world right now. Against ALL currencies, not just the US Dollar. One commenter (a newbie) left the following comment.
The USA has screwed up the world, thnaks to Bush and his crazies.
There is nothing unusual about this. There are commenter’s everywhere that never miss the chance to blame Bush whenever it rains or they’re late for a job interview, whether there is any rational connection or not. (Usually not)
It occurred to me that if President Bush is to be held responsible of every fall of every sparrow, then he should get credit when good things happen on his watch. Recently, Bob Geldorf did that with an article in Time magazine about the good that Bush has made possible in Africa. This came as a surprise to many, even Geldorf. They’re so invested in finding new things they can blame Bush for that it never occurs to them that there might be things that he made better, or (perish the thought) things that he had nothing to do with at all. After all, very few people in the world base their day-to-day actions on what the President of the US thinks, whether his name is Bush, Clinton or McCain. (Though there does seem to be a lot of people that are ready to run off into the jungle to set up a new society based on worship of Barack Obama.) But, since they are convinced that Bush is at the bottom of whatever bothers them today, he has to also be at the bottom of whatever good thing that happens as well.
But there is another thing that has turned around during Bush’s Presidency. Something that is very near and dear to every Bushhater, and I think that they should not be allowed to deny him his credit just because they don’t like him. That wouldn’t be very tolerant and progressive, would it?
So, we all need to acknowledge that during President Bush’s term he has reduced and reversed “Glowball Warmening!”
From the Daily Tech
All four major global temperature tracking outlets (Hadley, NASA’s GISS, UAH, RSS) have released updated data. All show that over the past year, global temperatures have dropped precipitously.A compiled list of all the sources can be seen here. The total amount of cooling ranges from 0.65C up to 0.75C — a value large enough to wipe out most of the warming recorded over the past 100 years. All in one year’s time. For all four sources, it’s the single fastest temperature change ever recorded, either up or down.
And it all happened on Bush’s watch, so he must be given credit.