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Private and public ethical scandals result in costly increases in government regulation of what ought to be self-regulated as a matter of personal conscience. President John Adams was right when he wrote, “Our constitution was made for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” Government support for conscience is wise policy.

In Dr. Seuss’s book, the Grinch does not prevail, because he is exposed. May the Grinch who is seeking to eliminate the charitable deduction also die of exposure.

Rodney K. Smith is a professor at Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego and was president of Southern Virginia University.