Transparency, while not a long word, is not a short one either. And in the context of current beltway jargon, just what is its meaning? Like another favorite, “bipartisanship”, it is used to mean whatever the speaker wishes it to mean.

“Short words are best and the old words when short are best of all”

-Winston Churchill

“All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom; justice; honour, duty; mercy; hope.”

-Winston Churchill

Of course if one attends to honour, the meaning of transparency is moot.

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