Skip to comments.In My Native City Of Detroit, Atlas Has At Long Last Shrugged
Posted on 07/24/2013 7:22:46 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
Im sad. Detroit is my native city. Its decline from being arguably the worlds richest city to being Americas first Third Word city is tragic, politically criminal, and a warning to other Americans.
The official declaration of Detroits bankruptcy last week could not have come as a surprise to anyone familiar with the Motor Citys atrocious financial condition. The city had no hope of ever recovering from its colossal over-indebtedness, and without a central bank standing by to create fiat credit to augment its insufficient revenuethe scheme that is the only thing keeping the even more colossally over-indebted national government solventthe only question was when someone would pull the plug.
Fiscally speaking, Detroit had been in the walking dead category for years. Last Thursdays announcement by Detroits emergency manager, Kevyn Orr, finally acknowledged the inescapable facts.
Clearly, some Michiganders are still in denial and refuse to face those facts. Last Friday, Ingham County Circuit Judge Rosemarie Aquilina insisted that the Chapter 9 bankruptcy declaration be withdrawn, stating the Michigan constitution forbids any action that would decrease the pension benefits of public employees. In the first place, Judge Aquilina should read my article about will and abandon the delusion that a constitution can alter reality by making nonexistent funds magically appear; in the second, it is an unjust constitution that confers a protection on public employees that private-sector employees dont have. A sounder constitution would have prohibited the city government from gaining control of employees retirement funds contributions and instead have mandated that those contributions all go into a private fund in the workers names where the city couldnt touch them.
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Sorry, couldn’t get past the misused apostrophe in the third sentence. The writer is a complete idiot.
One apostrophe and you judge the writer’s intellect... wow, that’s deep.
Don't want to rush to judgement here, but Aquilina seems to be an idiot.
double dinosaured ...
He might be a smart guy, but he has no business whatsoever writing newspaper articles! If you don’t understand elementary English grammar, don’t write for publication!
Wow, its on the web site too. The editors were the first ones fired when the profits started dropping off the cliff.
Thanks for the ping.
The only problem is that it took so long. Other cities and states and even the federal government ought to learn a lesson from Detroit, but they won’t. Not as long as there is one person out there left out there to loot.
I know, it’s completely ridiculous. I went to the Forbes site before I posted my complaint just to make sure the original poster didn’t insert the error himself.
RE: He might be a smart guy, but he has no business whatsoever writing newspaper articles!
Has it not occurred to you that people sometimes MISPRINT or MISSPELL things?
Your penchant for grammatical perfection while ignoring the content of the article is astonishing.
There is a missing ‘l’ in ‘Third Word City’ as well, but you’d have to school me on apostrophes.
I though maybe he had migrated there from somewhere after seeing the TV commercials touting Michigan, but he said he had moved out of Detroit partially because he had a new woman in his life who wouldn't come to his house because of the neighborhood.
I asked him if was hard to sell a house like that and he said he just left it and walked away. I said, "Wow, that must have hurt." But his reply was that it only cost him $4,400 in the first place.
I've thought about that often in hearing the stories of Detroit's demise. For anyone not to have seen this coming long ago amazes me. For anyone to have stood by and ignored the obvious amazes me even more. How the hell did no one care to do anything about the condition of this once great city when the cost of a home had slipped lower than John Kerry's bicycle?
Do people commonly make mistakes like this while writing for FORBES? We’re not talking about the author’s grocery list here—we’re talking about a published article. Do you *really* think that’s acceptable? If so, you have a job waiting for you as a public school educator.
Thanks, I agree. It’s like writing an article on finance and reversing the numbers.
Its decline from being arguably the worlds richest city to being Americas first Third Word city is tragic, politically criminal, and a warning to other Americans.
Sorry, couldnt get past the misused apostrophe in the third sentence. The writer is a complete idiot.
I agree whole-heartedly, dinodino. I'm surprised Forbes can't afford a copy editor to clean up after its apparently Detroit-educated "writer."
I agree, however, that such errors should never creep into a publication.
Either the editor didn’t actually read the article, or he’s as big an idiot as the author. The error is like a big slap in the face the moment you start reading.
We read and reply to a lot of leftist crap on this site and to see people go nuts over a misplaced/misused apostrophe is quite something.
I agree with your post #21. Although the mistake can be forgiven as a momentary lapse, it never should have gotten into the article.
I posted this article not for people like you to lecture us on your knowledge of punctuations, but for people to read the CONTENT of the article and comment about it.
If you want to stop reading this article because you can’t stand the mistake he made, please refrain from commenting.
I did not post this article to read about your abilities as a gramamr educator.
Over 20 posts in this thread little comment about Detroit. What do people want this thread to be, a discussion about apostrophes?
One thing for sure is you gotta like Jim Leland and those Tigers.
RE: One thing for sure is you gotta like Jim Leland and those Tigers.
Well, let’s hope the Tiger owners still have the money ...
And yeah, the two time champion, Pistons too... this team is down in the dumpsters.
Consider your thread hijacked, SAF. DD, your criticism would be more productive if you directed it to the comments section following the Forbes article.
I’ve often sent in free lance articles to our local paper and they absolutely butchered the print copy. Not my fault...so in this case, we should go easy on grammatical errors.
Bitching and hijacking this thread over an inconsequential typo accomplishes absolutely nothing. Except irritating those of us who came here to read the article. Why not be proactive and express your rage over this egregious error directly to Forbes?
Here's their contact page. I suspect you want "Corrections."
I sure hope Detroit doesn’t lose the Red Wings because of this bad government problem.
That would be a real shame.
I learned in grade school that to use an apostrophe to indicate possession you placed the apostrophe after the word "worlds' richest city". Placing the apostrophe between the word and the s is a contraction of the word and "is". "The world's a mean place". I rarely see what I learned in grade school used any longer. Also spell checkers do not like that use either so I think I am out of date. I attended grade school back in the 50s and many of the things I learned no longer seem accepted practice.
If he breaks wind we’re really in trouble.
Aquilina may be an idiot, I don’t know, but her order, issued about 15 minutes after the petition was filed in The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, was the perfect example of “home cookin’”. A ruling sure to be overturned or ignored, but crafted to get maximum sympathy among a local audience.
Great! I was afraid I might not be remembering my lessons properly.
That’s pedantic, particularly in light of the good grammar and syntax employed in the balance of the article.
Get over yourself. You may be smarter than the average bear but misuse of a ‘floating comma’ is par for the course.
Ah, great, a p$$ng match.
In general, an apostrophe before the “s” indicates a singular possessing something, while an apostrophe after an “s” indicates the plural possessing something—e.g. “the soldier’s guns” vs. “the soldiers’ guns.” Contractions are another use, and the contraction “it is” tends to cause many mistakes because it involves an “s”.
perhaps he had it right and an editor “fixed” it for him!
Geron, the widespread grammar, punctuation, and spelling errors we see, are signs of decline in our culture which many of us object to. I don't see these objections as any different from objecting to other signs of societal degradation.
For myself, I appreciate it when someone points out an error that I've made, because I support the health of our native tongue.
hmmmmm, then the below is correct usage? I am certainly no expert on grammar, lol. And I avoid contractions as much as I can since I was taught (again back in grade school) that contractions were for lazy writers. I expect things to heat up if I understood you correctly and the below is correct usage. I look forward to getting a lesson on English grammar.
the worlds richest city
Agreed—and that the error is in an article by someone who is Harvard and Oxford educated (literature at Oxford no less!) is alarming, unless it was the editor who “fixed” it for him. On the other hand, since he is a professor he probably sees apostrophes abused thousands of times each year, which may offer some excuse.
This is a good article. Gets to the heart of the matter.
The Net is, alas, overrun with Punctuation and Spelling Nazis. . . (sigh)
Detroit went Galt 30 years ago: we’re only being ALLOWED to notice it now. . .
All true, but if we did this on every thread - there would be no room to discuss anything else.
I very much agree with you, with the minor exception of silly spelling errors. I always try to thank the person correcting my poor grammar or an incorrect fact. We all know the subject of this article (the judge whos' name I can not recall) is a idiot. But how many of us know the correct use of an apostrophe?
It’s good that you focused on the real substance of this story, rather than dwelling upon the more arcane matter of the article’s punctuation.