A very uncharitable and arrogant statement by a have against the have-nots.
And a very truthful statement. There was a huge cadre of workers in 1989 who had no real interest in working properly - they had spent a significant amount of time in a system where it was nearly impossible to get fired for being bad at your job - and these are the ones who struggled immensely in the new era. Meanwhile, those that knew how to work found themselves in a much better situation.
Did anyone ask to be born in a town where the sole employer got balcerised throwing everybody out of work?
Perhaps it wouldn't have happened had they been productive to begin with. Did you know that East German productivity still lags considerably behind the West, even all these years later?
Balzerman's hand-over of the economy to foreign capital was a sell-out from whcih Poland may never recover.
What was the alternative? Poland had no money at all - and she had to make sure that her liabilities (pensions, etc) were still paid. The factories were often old and outdated - and unprofitable. I'm a huge supporter of worker self government in the Yugoslav model - but experience shows us that Solidarity management was every bit as awful as PZPR management.
Rather than helping create a native entrepreneurial class, he sold off Poland's industries at a fraction of their value.
Many of those industries were worthless.