How come Democrats aren't following Gresham Barrett's example?

When my wife and I were watching TV earlier this week, we heard that Congress decided to give themselves a pay raise.  Were we infuriated?  Of course we were.  But, we also know that liberalism is all about “do as I say, not as I do,” where they believe everyone but themselves should be putting more money in to help the less fortunate either through higher taxes.

So, I found an article on thestate.com through Drudge.  It turns out that Gresham Barrett (R-SC) is donating his pay raise to a worthy cause.

Barrett says he will donate the $4,700 salary increase that begins in 2009 to Anderson Interfaith Ministries – an organization of churches and individuals who provide assistance to the needy and helps them become self-sufficient.

Barrett says lawmakers should not be earning more during these poor economic times. He says he voted against the automatic pay raise and all increases should have to be voted on individually.

Wow.  A worthy cause gets money, and we have a Congressman who not only understands his constituents (and the country for that matter) at the risk of making himself unpopular with his colleagues.  This is leadership.

Why haven’t Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and even Republican leadership followed this example?