In an interview given last week by President Obama during the APEC summit in Honolulu, he said that “we’ve gotten a little bit lazy, I think, over the last couple of decades.”
To be honest, I would have to agree with his statement that Americans have gotten lazy over the past couple of decades. More and more people are on welfare and asking for everything while not wanting to work for anything. I’ve been in the work force for forty-five years and have seen a definite change in work ethics between today’s generation versus the one from forty years ago.
I can’t tell you how many young people today refuse to take a job or quit a job that they feel requires them to work very hard or get their hands dirty. A couple years ago I worked in a warehouse that processed orders for a national retail chain. The turnover rate for young workers was more than four times that of older and less physically capable workers. I’ve seen the same thing happen in retail and even ministry work. I’ve also heard a number of them say that they only want to work in a job they enjoy, rather than take a job that will get them on their feet financially to begin with. That’s one reason why so many illegals are able to find work is because we do have a generation of lazy people.
But after Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry jumped on the president’s statement about American’s being lazy, Obama has back peddled and is now declaring that American’s are the hardest working people in the world. And to this I would have say is a lie.
For instance, the Japanese people have long held one of the best work ethics in the world. They had a culture of extreme pride, respect and self-esteem, traits that are being lost here in America. As much as I dislike illegals coming here and taking jobs that should go to American citizens, many of the illegals I’ve seen have a better work ethic and work harder than today’s younger generation who doesn’t want to work hard or get their hands dirty.
So we have a case where Obama started with telling the truth, but was afraid of the negative effects it would have on his political career, he then resorted to his natural state of lying and told the media that we are the hardest working people in the world, when we clearly are not. Therefore, politics triumphs over truth.