On the whole it is in the ballpark. Americans are not exactly lazy in terms of work hours, but they are lazy in the sense that they always choose the brainless and easiest route in things. Known as “greedy algorithm” in computer science.
One has to wonder just exactly what is the problem with American. If they are truly so stupid, so ignorant, so foolish, how is it possible that they are the world's most powerful and richest nation by far? The answer to this question is of course not simple, but luck indeed has a few part of it.
First of all, American came from Europe and “discovered” America and proceeded to wipe out local human animals. So they obtained this massive fertile land as a godsend, and with hundreds, thousands shiploads of human animals imported from Africa to help them prosper. Secondly, in World War 2nd, as it so happens that all the top powers are fighting each other devastating to death, while the opportunistic American sit-and-watched from afar with interest and at the end dragged in by the over-ambitious Japs, and delivered the final victorious blow. Sweet victory. What heroism. Lastly, the luck has to do with the origin of their nation: freedom, and with that opportunistic economy aka capitalism. While the ideological communion economy failed miserably in Europe or China or Russia, the greed-based economy that is the nature of human animals thrived, and brought USA tremendous prosperity far ahead any other nations.
With all these historical luck, we do have to give some credit to American themselves. After all, no amount of luck can bestow the invention of atomic bomb, or a fairly sound government system, or the infra-structure of railroads or highways. It does take some brain and sweat to build a great nation, and Americans have done that. (half of which being cremes of the world's nations)
Today's American can be likened to a silver-spooned brat. When a person who lived in richness and prosperity, in whose life never knew what is pain, suffering, and could not possibly imagine what is hunger, his or her life adopted suitably as a natural process. In such a situation, the animal's brain and muscle atrophies out of needlessness. That is today's American. Big, fat, ignorant, bossy, arrogant.
Will US of Americans not fall? It concerns you and me.
A excerpt from Wikipedia Obesity:
The United States has the highest rates of obesity in the developed world. From 1980 to 2002, obesity has doubled in adults and overweight prevalence has tripled in children and adolescents. From 2003–2004, “children and adolescents aged 2 to 19 years, 17.1% were overweight… and 32.2% of adults aged 20 years or older were obese.”
A tour of the rich pig farms. Observe them guzzle and gorge: Third World Blind
Note that US's military expenditure is roughly equal to the rest of the world combined. See: List of countries by military expenditures.
See also music video: Madonna - American Life.