…the problem is not America’s “laziness”:
What this is, is the opening shots in the inevitable decay of a Socialist economy. When productivity starts dropping and there are fewer resources available for redistribution, the leadership notes that the people aren’t working as hard as they used to. The obvious conclusion is that the people have gotten lazy, and the nomenklatura then start on a campaign to get people to work harder and more effectively. Look up some political posters from the USSR of the Twenties and Thirties for examples.
It isn’t true. What’s happening is that people are working more virtuously — in Socialist class-warfare terms.
Once you understand that the president’s world view is essentially Marxist (as he made quite clear in his presidential campaign to anyone who both understands such things and was paying attention), then the policies and actions become clear.