My wife bitches and complains about me a lot. Her latest complaint is that I don't earn enough money to support our family (us, and our four kids), requiring her to work full time out of the house. She tells me that "a lot" of her friends don't work. Full disclosure: I am a practicing lawyer and make a low six-figure salary (eight, if you include the digits in the "cents" column). But life in the NYC-Long Island area can be very expensive, and her salary as a teacher in the NYC public school system is necessary to make ends meet. NY is one of the highest-taxed states in the country. Between local, state and federal taxes, we're lucky to come home with 55-60% of our yearly salaries. The spouses of all my male friends all hold full-time jobs outside the home. In fact, some of the wives outearn their husbands by a substantial amount. Question: Do your wives work? And if they do, is it because they choose to work or is it because your family needs the second income? And are they happy about it? I just need to know if I'm alone out here.