WASHINGTON — California legislators from different sides of the political aisle had decidedly different responses to President Bush's budget plan, which he presented to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday night.
Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer approved of some of Bush's proposals, including those for a literacy program and increased funding for health research, but said his plan would ‘‘lead us down a dangerous path.''
‘‘It is time that we learn from our past mistakes,'' said Boxer. ‘‘America tried this plan before in 1981 (during the Reagan administration) and it led to a period of economic recession that my state of California will never forget.''
She objected to Bush's proposed $1.6 trillion tax cut, calling it ‘‘neither compassionate nor conservative.''
Bush's tax plan would give a disproportionate amount of the benefits to the wealthy, Boxer said. At the same time, she said, the plan would endanger areas such as Medicare, education and funding for community police. She said the plan would not pay down enough of the national debt. The president proposed to pay down $2 trillion of the projected $3.2 trillion debt over 10 years.