Treat the earth well: it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children. ~ Ancient American Indian Proverb
What has raising the 2% got to do with principles?
The man called George Bush "unpatriotic" for having a public debt which was much less than his, and said he should be out of a job if he couldn't turn it around. If he had any principles he would not have resigned and if the electorate had any sense they wouldn't have voted for him.