Some of the parents are real jerks with whom Madhubby and I definitely do not want to be friends. Other couples are strange conundrums and challenge my people watching skills. But there is one couple we really like and, thankfully, our kids get along great. We plan to have lots of play dates and barbecues with them once we move. We'll call them the Millers.
Last week, Dave, the husband, asked me in the kindest, most non-threatening way: What kind of tax structure do you support? I mumbled something coherent but I'm pretty sure I sounded like an idiot (this is what I get for announcing that I'm a Republican). Dave promptly pronounced me "politically confused" and "somewhere between an Anarchist and a Libertarian." I immediately declared myself apolitical because obviously his political knowledge dwarfs mine. I think he's written the whole conversation off, but now I'm determined to learn everything there is to know about U.S. tax structure so that next time Dave and I have that conversation I don't sound like flippin' idiot.
I told Madhubby I've got to kick it up a notch because these are no ordinary parents. He thinks learning the tax system is not worth it and that I should just avoid talking politics or taxation with Dave. Avoiding politics with Dave cannot be done so I may as well just suck it up and sharpen my game. So far: the capital gains tax rate benefits people whose income is derived from investments. But, AMT? I have no friggin' clue. I think it's bad if you're wealthy (like the Millers) but doesn't even apply if you're middle class (like us), but I don't really know. Obviously, I've got more sharpening to do before I take on Dave again.