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Charlton Heston in Orson Welles' "Touch of Evil" (1958)

I'm seeing political metaphors everywhere these days. First the narration in Terrence Malick's “The Tree of Life,” and now this screenshot of a store sign (and a Mexican Charlton Heston) in Orson Welles' “Touch of Evil.” In the metaphor, we are the blind, the GOP/rich are mean enough, and yes they are helping themselves.

I'm aware, by the way, that the metaphor can be reversed. I'm sure the folks at FOX-News would see the American people as the blind, the Dems/Socialists/Obamafolks/poor/minorities are mean enough, and the latter are helping themselves to what isn't theirs.

I stick with my metaphor because of what's changed in my lifetime. When I was born, the top 1% paid almost 90 percent of their income in taxes; now it's 35 percent (and according to Warren Buffett, rarely that), and yet they squawk, or have others squawk for them, when it's suggested they pay more four percent more.

No matter what, though, see “Touch of Evil.” After all, what does it matter what you say about people?


Posted at 06:55 AM on Sun. Aug 21, 2011 in category Photo of the Day  
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Reed wrote:

Buffet's column has stuck with me in such a surprising way. I cannot shake the idea that this is the whole game. It doesn't matter the topic: Health Care, Global Warming, Bush Tax Cuts, the Iraq War. The rich and powerful want more riches and more power, and will do whatever it takes to get it. And we suffer because they push all the right buttons, especially in politics and the media so 95% of the public remains “blind.” I'm stuck like a broken record here. And hardly anyone is noting this. That's, for instance, why Rick Perry believe's in global cooling: the oil companies have given him over a million dollars.

Nice screen shot. Never noticed that placard before...

Comment posted on Mon. Aug 22, 2011 at 10:33 AM

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