WASHINGTON, July 19 -
Mr. Speaker, there's a new small business in my district in southeast Texas: Cool Blast Lemonade Stand, run by the Sutton sisters of Cypress, Texas. Clara is 7 and Eliza is 4. Their newest employee is little brother Eirik, who recently was hired to join the team. They even have their own Facebook page with 867 followers.
On their Facebook page, they say this about their business:
We are entrepreneurs who started a lemonade stand for Lemonade Day. We are going to continue working to earn money to spend on things we would like, save and also to share with our two chosen charities, Meals on Wheels and Paws of Texas Rescue.
Mr. Speaker, they learned all of these lessons without any interference from the Federal Government.
Their father, Andrew, said this:
They did it all on their own. Nobody helped them except us. My wife and I both run our own businesses, so running a lemonade stand with them was showing them what they could do. They were curious how we got money for things.
Mr. Speaker, the girls stood out in 100-degree Texas humid heat serving customers instead of being like many other kids going to the local swimming pool. Each day they are open for business, the girls learn valuable lessons--lessons about budgets, lessons about capitalism, and lessons about life.
You learn how to make change. We learned about customer service--that we should always be nice to customers. We learned how to advertise. We donate some of the money to charity to help other people out. We might buy a gift for our brother since he's our new employee.
After one Lemonade Day in Houston, the girls said that they made enough money to ``pay their investors back in full.'' Mr. Speaker, when was the last time you heard of a 7-year-old using those business terms?
These kids are getting on-the-job business training that no government--especially the Federal Government--gave them. They are practicing Americanism. In the America I know, we teach our kids the value of hard work and entrepreneurship. We teach our kids from a young age that success does not come without sacrifice. Perseverance and responsibility pay off.
These are the lessons that our children need to learn, not the lessons of trying to depend on government. You see, these kids made it without government doing anything except getting out of their way.
So, Mr. Speaker, the next time you see the President, tell him that successful businesses in America come from businessowners--even kids--and not the Federal Government.
And that's just the way it is.