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Written by on April 5, 2021

Welcome to another edition of Ringside Politics with Jeff Crouere

Today’s Hot Topics:

1) President Joe Biden again reiterated he intends to raise taxes for the most wealthy Americans in an ABC News interview aired Wednesday, saying “anybody making more than $400,000 a year will see a small to significant tax increase.” He also pledged that individual Americans who make less than $400,000 — which is more than 90% of taxpayers — “won’t see one single penny in additional federal tax.”

Biden said Republican criticism for his $1.9 trillion Covid-19 relief law is because the tax breaks in his plan go to the bottom 60% of the population while “their idea of a tax cut is to give the Trump tax cut where 83% went to the top 1% of people in America.”
Biden acknowledged that he may not get any Republican support for a tax increase but he said he “will get Democratic votes.” He then added he thinks the Senate filibuster should return to the “talking filibuster” but he did not say that he wants to see the 60-vote threshold to end debate on bills eliminated — something that could make achieving a tax increase without Republican votes unlikely.

2) Hunter Biden, the son of President Biden, in a new interview says that he doesn’t know if a laptop found in Delaware that was the center of an election-year controversy was really his.

In an interview on “CBS Sunday Morning” that will air on Sunday, Biden says he doesn’t have any idea whether the laptop at the center of a controversial New York Post story about his business dealings published weeks before the 2020 election was his.

“For real, I don’t know,” Biden tells CBS in the interview

“I don’t have any idea— I have no idea whether or not” the laptop was his.

Pressed further, Biden suggests that there could have been a laptop that was stolen from him.

3) Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Sunday accused President Biden of breaking “his own rule” and “lying to the American people” about the new Georgia election law.

Christie was asked about Major League Baseball’s decision to pull the All-Star Game out of Atlanta as a result of the legislation on ABC’s “This Week.”

Calling it “a symptom of what’s going on in our country right now,” Christie first defended the bill before turning his ire to the commander-in-chief.

4) Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp on CNBC’s “Closing Bell” on Wednesday dismissed corporate backlash against voting legislation he signed into law.

The governor on Thursday signed a sweeping GOP-backed election bill that civil rights advocates say disproportionately hurts voters of color. The legislation adds new identification requirements to absentee voting, limits ballot drop boxes and prohibits offering food or water to voters in line, among other provisions.

“I’m glad to deal with it,” Kemp said, referencing the backlash from business leaders in Georgia and the U.S. over the voting law. “If they want to have a debate about the merits and the facts of the bill, then we should do that.”

Today’s Guests:

1)Fernando Mateo, Republican candidate for Mayor of New York City – joins the show in the first hour to discuss the state of NYC and compare his platform to that of his competition.

2) Chad Rogers, Publisher of TheDeadPelican.com; Ringside All-Star – joins the show to take callers and share his unique, pessimistic outlook on the future.