House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., said Wednesday on Fox & Friends that the government needs to tighten its belt just like “every household in America” -- except for, perhaps, Charlie Sheen’s? An excerpt:
McCARTHY: We should tighten our belt like every household in America. Imagine for one moment the hopes and dreams of everything we could achieve if we did not have this debt.... What could we invest in and what could America look like?
FOX: Sure. Such a good point. You would actually know something about the American dream because going... in the Wayback Machine for a moment... you won the California lottery.
McCARTHY: On my first ticket. I was 19. I won the lottery. I could do one of two things: I could become Charlie Sheen and throw a big party, but I chose to invest in the market, and after a while... I decided to invest in the American dream and open my own small business. [Despite] the challenge of government regulation, luckily I was successful, and at the end of two years, I then had enough money to pay my way through college.
FOX: You were deli guy. Kevin O's.
McCARTHY: I didn't put a lot of thought into the name. So I just named it after myself.