With so little self-control, Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., predicted Sunday that Congress will go cold turkey to rid itself of its reliance on the pork barrel. But any move toward austerity must be accompanied by a long-term commitment to rehabilitation, DeMint added.
"Right now we've got over 500 congressmen and senators who are in Washington
who think it's their job to bring home the bacon. And that takes your eye off the ball," DeMint, who calls himself a "recovering earmarker," said on "Fox News Sunday."
"I mean, we're not working on important national issues when we're trying to pave a local parking lot," he said. "I think we'll win the vote because I think most of the Republicans in the Senate have gotten the very clear message from the American people that we need to stop wasteful spending."