Thirteen year old Lauren Hudson has a message for America and its leaders. She compiled that message in a recently co-authored book with her father titled Our Best Tomorrow: Students Teaching Capitalism to America. She recently appeared on Fox News' Varney & Co. and was interviewed by Stuart Varney. She told Varney that big government and more debt "are just crushing our opportunities."

Lauren's father, Robert, contacted us with the video interview, seen below.

Varney started out by asking Hudson if she thought the United States government was trying to make it more difficult for our youth to succeed. Hudson responded in the affirmative.

"I do," she said. "I think that one thing our generation needs is to be told the truth."

She continued, "Right now, the government is telling us that big government and raising the minimum wage and all this national debt is the answer, but really it's not. It's just crushing our opportunities."

According to Hudson she authored the book with her father, Robert Hudson. She says that she wrote the fiction portion, while her father authored the "capitalism pointer tips at the end of the book so that younger children would be able to understand how the pointers relate to real life.

Some might think that Hudson would be manipulated by her father. It seems that Mr. Hudson simply trained his daughter well, something I'm encouraging readers of Freedom Outpost and all Americans to do, and that is to take back control of their children's education. This will engrain in them our values, not the government's.

In fact, it was clear when Varney asked her if certain things were genuinely her ideas, Lauren was able to respond in a very articulate fashion.

"I think that big government and raising the minimum wage may sound great at first," she said. "Yay! $2o an hour, $10 an hour….more money for the people, but in truth it's only crushing our opportunities."

"In Northern Kentucky," Hudson added as an example, "we can't build a bridge across the major Ohio River because we don't have the money, because we are $17 trillion in debt."

Not that I would need to remind this audience, but that was one of the platforms that Barack Obama ran on in 2008, building bridges and roads. Remember that? We got the debt, but we didn't see the infrastructure, did we?

Varney said that his own daughter attempted to get a job at a bakery, which required three separate trips to three separate places to fill out three separate forms. He questioned if her book was about such things as this, which suppress the natural energy in young people to get out there and make the most of their lives and work hard to succeed.

"Part of the American Dream is to be independent and to be able to support yourself as a person," she told Varney. "But the government is just telling us, 'Oh we'll do this for you and we'll do that for you," but how are we going to be able to work by ourselves if the government suddenly just doesn't support us. We'll never be able to make it by ourselves."

The previous time Lauren was on the show, her book sales spiked, as well they should. Our young people in America need to understand a good work ethic and how to roll with the punches when things are tough. They need to understand economics and how capitalism works. They need to be made aware that sometimes life will hand them lemons and they are either going to ask government to make their lemonade or they are going to have to learn to make it themselves.

I found Lauren's response, as a 13 year old, to be very mature. You can see that even in her delivery, she has been raised well. I'm sure her parents are very proud, and I long to see more and more young people grow up and be able to handle themselves in a similar manner.

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