As you may have already heard, President Obama took time out from
golfing his packed work schedule in Hawaii to inform us that some Americans appear to have gotten “a little bit lazy” when it comes to bringing in new businesses and creating jobs. My friend Stephen Green (a.k.a. Vodkapundit) does some digging and uncovers this gem of analysis.
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. [Emphasis added]
Green goes on to note that this brings to mind another notable leader.
No, the Soviet model Ric made me think of this morning, was Mikhail Gorbachev’s.
When Gorbachev assumed power in 1985, one of his first acts as General-Secretary of the Communist Party of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (Commies do like their titles), was to launch an anti-alcohol campaign. Americans, we eat too much and watch too much TV. Russians, they drink until they just can’t drink anything more. And then that’s when they peel the foil top off the really cheap hooch. “Vodka” comes from the Russian for “little water,” and they’re not kidding.
All interest and amusing points, but even before I finished reading this a different analogy came to mind. When a leader sees the available resources drying up, with less and less to be distributed, he needs workers who exemplify one role model. That would be Boxer, the horse from George Orwell’s seminal classic, Animal Farm.
“I will work harder” and “Napoleon [the pig] is always right.”
Clearly the president is in touch with these core values and understands that most of you are going to need a gentle nudge in the right direction. You people are just lazy. If you’d work a bit harder, expand businesses and hire people, (even without any idea of said hiring would be financially sustainable) things would turn around and we’d get that windmill built, gosh darn it!
Now get out there and get cracking. I’ll be in the farmhouse counting these apples.