You’ve come into possession of one vial of truth serum. Who would you give it to (with the person’s consent, of course) — and what questions would you ask?
You ruined it by saying “with the person’s consent.” Because I would have put Mitt Romney under the juice and asked him what percentage he paid for taxes for the past twenty years. He is the poster child for the “too rich to pay taxes” syndrome. Most of the rhetoric on paying taxes deals with the federal income tax. And in fact, most of what the richest 2 percent pay is either income tax or capital gains tax. But the people on the other end of the spectrum pay their share of taxes in payroll taxes, state income taxes, sales taxes, and all the myriad ways that the state and federal governments have for relieving people of their money.
So why a guy like Mitt Romney gets away with paying so little (and I’m betting the truth serum would show that 15% is the most he has ever paid) is an issue that should be raised again and again until the rich pay a reasonable percentage of their income in federal income taxes.