Notes: Republicans hailed President George W. Bush's $1.6 trillion tax-cut plan. Meanwhile, Democrats offered their own, smaller tax cut of $900 billion. The Democratic spokesmen lectured that the Bush tax cut favors the rich (nothing new there), and was irresponsible since the budget surplus is only a forecast about the future which may not come about. One Republican economist stated that economists can forecast with some accuracy about two years out, but not the ten-year period that encompasses the budget-surplus prediction. Still, Democrats came off somewhat schoolmarmish, sternly lecturing about the foolishness of the Bush tax cut. Of sidebar interest is the fact that while some polls show that people slightly favor the Democrats' more conservative tax cut, they do not buy into the class-war propaganda that Democrats have tried. 03.04.01