Lalo Alcaraz by Lalo Alcaraz

Lalo Alcaraz

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  1. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    Might be interesting to see what happens.

  2. Juankis

    Juankis said, almost 2 years ago

    When I wrote down my vote on the ballot as “For Satan” I wasn’t expecting this.

  3. ODon

    ODon said, almost 2 years ago

    If we chose to take a different course on our war against drugs we could help dramatically.

    P.S. Ima, thank you for once again giving us a reason to completely ignore you. .

  4. Rad-ish

    Rad-ish GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    Ima seems to think Mexico is in Europe.

  5. Fairportfan2

    Fairportfan2 GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    @Rad-ish

    Speaking as an Atlantan, who remembers an amusing incident regarding the Olympics – wonder where Ima thinks New Mexico is?

  6. Litho stone

    Litho stone said, almost 2 years ago

    @ODon

    Agreed, on both counts.

  7. braindead08

    braindead08 GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    @Fairportfan2

    New Europe!

  8. Craig Linder

    Craig Linder GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    @ODon

    Well, maybe not completely ignore him/her. S/he is good for a laugh.

  9. MurphyHerself

    MurphyHerself said, almost 2 years ago

    @Craig Linder

    Not really.

  10. pirate227

    pirate227 said, almost 2 years ago

    So, Nieto is going to take Mexico back to the age of Dinosaurs?

  11. Obama Is Da Man

    Obama Is Da Man said, almost 2 years ago

    If only we would legalize weed all the suffering in Mexico would stop. Is there no nation that conservatives don’t ruin?

  12. neuturn

    neuturn said, almost 2 years ago

    @Obama Is Da Man

    So, legalizing marijuna here in the states would help the Mexican government, poverty, and their economy?

  13. Jeff Kiser

    Jeff Kiser GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    Mexico is in a difficult situation. The “drug war” which feeds the cartels in Mexico isn’t helping it. But the cartels are more a symptom than a problem. They are a natural outgrowth of the corruption that existed and was institutionalized by the PRI. When I worked and ran a business in Mexico back in the 1980’s everything socialized. By law all companies had to hire union workers, the medicine is socialized, the farming is subsidized, selling tortillas is so heavily regulated that only so many tortillas can be sold in specific district areas, the cost is subsidized, ensuring everyone gets tortillas. Oil and gas are controlled by the government, the cost is regulated by the government to ensure there is no gouging of prices. Workers get one month’s pay severance for every year they work, on top of other severance packages. In theory Mexico has met the goals that so many democrats espouse. Control so that greedy capitalists don’t take advantage of the people. But how has that worked out?
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    Well, businesses now create what are called “white unions” which are controlled by the businesses; they get permission to do this from the other “unions” (called syndicatos, quaint no?) by bribing the leaders of those unions in order to create the company controlled unions. Employees aren’t hired often anymore, they are usually “contracted” which means they don’t get any of the benefits. You can still get tortillas cheaply, but there is no innovation and many tortillas are still handmade, this is important because it means more or healthier tortillas aren’t really going into the market unless of course they are imported. Pemex controls all production and distribution and Pemex gas stations are in every city, but not necessarily everytown, and gas stations often run out of gas, especially on weekends. You can tell when a holiday comes up, everyone lines up to get gas beforehand. This is important because the gas stations close on holidays. I ventured a complaint to an official and he laughed saying “Where are you going to go, if not Pemex?” He had a point. The Union for Pemex was so corrupt that when they went to arrest the union President, they needed an RPG to get through the front door. Oil rigs hadn’t had new technology installed since the 1950’s. They pollute like crazy. The government has the attitude that it shouldn’t shoot itself in the foot when it comes to installation of new stuff because they are the regulator AND the producer. As to healthcare, the system is not good. Rich Mexicans (we might call them middle class) get private healthcare, and it works out well. But the government system is scary and not for the faint of heart. My wife is a trooper, and while working a project there gave birth to my son. I remember flicking scorpions off the wall in the delivery room. Greedy capitalists is a term still used as a cudgel when someone suggests.
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    Has the PRI changed in the last ten or so years? Hard to say. But I could see them cutting a deal with the cartels. They did it before.

  14. Jeff Kiser

    Jeff Kiser GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    What makes us believe we won’t become like Mexico? Is the US somehow morally superior? Or is the accumulation of too much power by the government, even a republic (which both Mexico and the US are), naturally corrupting and inefficient?

  15. Jeff Kiser

    Jeff Kiser GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    I think Mr. Alcaraz has it right.

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