Some links on our Dear Leader's recent quote:
No one is asking him to go out there and to be a jingoistic cheerleader. But when you call your own country ‘lazy’ when you are abroad and call it ‘unambitious and soft’ when you are home, I think what you are showing is not tough love, but ill-conceived, ill-concealed contempt.
And Ric's Rulez:
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.
The actual term used by Lenin, Stalin, etal was "Wreckers". Wreckers are those who are holding the country back from its inevitable success. Wreckers can be workers who sabotage their work, workers with too much sick time, or workers who think about doing a bad job. It is that last category which is the catch-all.
Give our Dear Leader full, unchecked authority and he will elaborate in these terms and you'll enjoy a short train ride to the camp.
Or... wait for him to admit that his policies and communist inspirations have led us to this malaise.
Links from Glenn.