Diana McGinnessA bit about me, Diana McGinness.

Originally from Southern Illinois near St. Louis, I first visited Washington State at the age of 11.  I knew then Washington is where I wanted to live.  In 1991 I arranged a transfer and here I am.

After 35 years as a claim representative in the auto insurance industry, 15 investigating insurance fraud accident rings and a dozen of those years doing health care provider fraud investigations, I retired.

During those years, I learned a great deal about what is wrong with our health care system and government’s inability (in more than just health care) to fix the problems.  More on that will be discussed throughout this site.

I put my house up for sale just before retiring.  It should have sold within days or weeks, instead it took months.  At that point I decided we had entered a recession (a year later the economists confirmed it) and I started doing some digging.  I came upon testimony before the Committee on Financial Services by Robert Kuttner in October 2007 warning we were living on borrowed time and outlining the correlations between the Crash of ’29 and today.

Bills from this Committee of the 110th Congress that were enacted after his testimony were:

Accounting and auditing bills – none

Bank accounts, deposits, capital bills – none

Banking and financial institutions regulation bills -none

Bankruptcy bills

H.R. 3648: Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act of 2007 Enacted Dec 20, 2007

Commodities markets bills – none

Consumer credit bills

H.R. 3221: Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 Enacted Jul 30, 2008

Currency bills – none

Financial crises and failures bills – none

Financial literacy bills – none

Financial services and investments bills – none

Insurance industry and regulation bills – none

Interest and interest rates bills – none

Real estate business bills – nothing enacted

Securities bills

H.R. 1424: Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 Enacted Oct 3, 2008

H.R. 3221: Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 Enacted Jul 30, 2008

H.R. 6: Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 Enacted Dec 19, 2007

Not too much there indicating we were headed for an economic meltdown is there?

From that point on, I’ve been hooked with the inter-workings of what our politicians are doing and saying.  There are dozens and dozens of think tank on both sides (and, in the middle, too) of the ideology, as well as academia, that constantly report to and often raise the alarm bells.  For far too long we’ve relied on others and the media to do our homework and thinking for us.  Huge mistake!  We now have about 1/3 of the population voting for all of us.  And who knows how many of those 1/3 actually do know what is going on vs. relying on the slogans, talking points and cute little advocacy commercials (whom they have no idea is behind) to make their decisions for them.

It’s time to stop.  We need to rely on accurate information and stop allowing the media to help those who want to gin up a controversy so they can return to power or maintain power.  We need to understand how and why we are being used by both parties to get us to do what they want.  We need to understand and know who the corporation/s is/are behind the legislator/s.

We may not agree on the solutions needed, but we need to have legitimate conversations based on facts with all participants making a good faith effort to find resolution.

If we want good government, we have to get involved and we MUST make ourselves knowledgeable about the problems we face so we can see all sides of a problem; one-sided solutions are rarely the answer.  We  cannot rely on others to protect our democracy.  Our democracy is our responsibility.  We cannot depend on others to defend it for us.

I have three grown children, 3 (soon to be 4) grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.  The future is theirs.  I need to do what I can to make sure their future will still be there for them.

Things are looking pretty grim these days.  I try to be optimistic.  It’s hard some days.  I do know that unless we latch onto our politicians, like a terrier to a pant cuff (I’m very good at that), and demand they fix the problems, not much is going to change.  We have a government that, by all appearances, is captured by the multi-national corporations who have no loyalty to this country or its people.  These corporations now have more rights than we the people.  We’d better change that soon, or we’re going to go back to the days of “owing our souls to the company store,” which these days seems  to mean the banks.

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  1. We enjoyed your blog a lot. We are approaching you if we just could re-publish some of your blog with all the needed reference, as we are a heartwarming global peace project , as a result of an intensive East-West cooperation, supported by NGOs, companies, cities, social entrepreneurs and you.

    We are having bloggers from all over the world, Inida, Pakistan, Iran, Egypt, USA, Mexico and many others ,and it would be such honor if you could add to our values, and introduce the western world to the Arab world, which is the highlight of our project.

    Check the blog in this website http://www.masterpeace.org

    So from the heart of new Cairo that is looking with hope for a better peaceful future and free life for it`s people, and proceeding from your goals in making the world a better place, MasterPeace will develop several attractive peace-building projects, including a mesmerizing concert in Cairo on Peace Day 2014, where artists from all the world’s major conflict areas will perform to promote togetherness, international collaboration and the reduction of (armed) conflicts. The concert will be an exclusive reward for people who actively supported peace-building activities in the years before Peace Day 2014. Because peace-building is a verb . “Creating peace. Together”.


    There are many reasons to start a large-scale, new, fresh, innovative, bottom-up peace initiative supported by the ‘East’ and the ‘West’. The number of wars is growing and the number of fugitives due to conflicts is growing. In conflict areas in particular, women and children (child soldiers) are often abused heavily, human rights and democracy are severely under pressure, and the realisation of the UN Millennium Development Goals (which focus on education, combating poverty, and equal opportunities, among other things) lags behind four times as much on average. And last but not least non-proliferation treaties on nuclear arms are largely ignored.

  2. Dear Diana,
    I started a new blog at nopsychos.wordpress.com and I would like to invite you to be an author on the blog. It is a joint effort to shine light upon the societal harms from power in the hands of psychopaths. In order for me to add you, I have to send the invite from inside WordPress, and so if interested, I need either an email address, or WordPress username, please. Thank you!

    -Tina Taylor aka @GeneticPsycho

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