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Momentum Without Transparency Is Worthless

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In the classic movie The Wizard of Oz, Dorothy and the others traveled long distances in search of hope, some direction, a heart and a bit of courage. What they found when the curtain was pulled, was a mere human being with levers, pulleys and microphones.

As we progress through the presidential campaign, the candidates are working hard to generate momentum going into November. But there are questions about the transparency of one of the candidates backgrounds, and what we know, or don't know, about his political agendas. So how valuable really is momentum, when you don't have transparency on your side?

We all can agree that the presidential elections rely heavily on a candidate's ability to generate momentum; to gather support needed to "drive the herd" in a desired direction. It's not to say that we as voters are mindless, grazing mammals, although Mitt Romney seems to think of Obama supporters as victims who pay no income tax. It's another of many infamous Romney gaffes, that happen on an almost daily basis, leaving America asking, "What will he say next?".

The issue with the GOP candidate lies (ooh, did I say "lie?") in the constant effort he puts into hiding so many facets about his own background. From bank accounts overseas, to his work at Bain Capital, there seems to be a never-ending list of things Mitt just doesn't want to share with his fellow Americans. It remains to be seen if this will ultimately hurt Romney in the elections, but it is becoming clear that it just isn't "helping."

The Wizard of Oz generated enough momentum to make an entire fantasy land believe that he was all-powerful, but in the end he lost that momentum through transparency. If the GOP isn't careful, it will slowly watch its curtain being drawn open -- and its hopes of winning the White House fade away... something that even Dorothy's Red Ruby Slippers can't save.