Well, Congress is fiddling with the tax laws again. Between the time this is written and the time you read it, all manner of mischief may occur. One thing is certain: whatever the Solons of Capitol Hill do, it will be done in the name of “fairness.” Actually, another thing is certain, too: it won’t be fair. Part of the problem, of course, is that what seems fair to me may not seem fair to you. I don’t much care about the depreciation schedule on a FedEx truck, but I sure want to get rid of that alternative minimum tax. And so on. But the bigger part of the problem rests with Congress. The tax code not only raises money for the government, it buys votes for our representatives. All those tax credits and deductions the legislators toss around make some constituency happy, and that presumably translates into votes for whomever can claim credit. Some of those deductions have become so sacred that people forget they are the work of legislators, and not carved in stone next to the Ten Commandments. The home interest deduction, for example, is designed to promote home ownership in America. A worthwhile idea, no doubt; but was it really conceived with 12,000 square foot palaces in mind? Is it socially beneficial to have homes like these dotting the countryside? Or the good old charitable deduction–certainly it is good to share with those in need, but do we need a tax break to tweak our consciences? Besides, doesn’t the government already…