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By Abigail LevandoskiFrom very early on in his first term, President Trump made it clear that a priority for his presidency included the rolling back of regulatory rules which govern large portions of our economy. President Trump has stated that he wants to see regulations replaced at a two for one rate. For everyone new regulation two old regulations must be eliminated. While this policy benefits businessmen and capitalists with libertarian leanings, rules such as this will no doubt become problematic for Americans. Regulations influence large sections of our economy from banking, health, the environment to transportation and even pensions. Regulations force companies and institutions to abide by safety rules, protect the environment, and even keep companies from overworking and underpaying their employees. Regulations keep Americans and the environment safe. This isn’t an attempt to argue that regulations do not require a regular review process. The executive order put forth by the Trump Administration leaves our industry and economy vulnerable and allows companies to take advantage of the absence of regulations. Removing regulations without a viable replacement leaves us unprotected from large companies and institutions who will inevitably take advantage of the loopholes left being by the missing regulations. Agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have the ability to create regulations when they see a safety or environmental issue needing attention. The process with which the EPA and other regulatory bodies must go through in order to implement regulation gives Americans the opportunity to review and comment on the proposed regulations. Regulations, especially put in place by the EPA do not merely protect the American people, but they are meant to protect our land and the environment. With President Trumps Executive order regarding regulation, if the EPA wants to impose a new regulation, they now must look to find two regulations which they will remove. This process leaves opportunities for companies to backtrack on safety protocols such as the disposal of hazardous material or safety initiatives for employees. Forcing agencies to search for regulations to remove so that they can set up a new regulation is problematic. President Trump is forcing agencies to remove regulations for new policies without a thorough and comprehensive review process. Importance of regulatory review processRegularly reviewing regulatory policies and removing redundant or ineffective regulations should be part of the regulatory process. Forcing the removal of regulations for the sole reason of having fewer regulations on the books is problematic and does not include a proper review process. The Trump Administration has made the removal of laws and regulations a priority in order to adhere to the Republican Platform of small government. The unmitigated removal of rules and laws leaves Americans vulnerable.  For example, the removal of net neutrality rules leaves Americans exposed to less freedom of exploration on the internet as well as higher costs associated with the use of the internet. Removal of net neutrality also allows internet providers to start charging customers to use sources of internet media. The attempt to remove the Affordable Care Act without a replacement threatens to leave thousands of Americans without healthcare let alone affordable health care. Similarly, seeking to abandon DACA leaves Americans, brought here as children by their parents illegally, open to deportation and removal from the country through no fault of their own.Removing laws and regulations put in place by prior administrations without a thoughtful and serious review process leaves American lives at risk. It leaves the environment at risk and renders our financial and business sectors vulnerable to the self-interest of large companies. The importance of regulatory policyThe use of regulations establishes rules for wide sections of our economy ensuring that our economy grows while maintaining public interests and addressing public concerns for safety, sustainability, and equality (OECD, 2011). Regulations ensure the proper delivery of goods and services to citizens while protecting our health, environment and our safety. The regulatory process does not exist without legitimate criticisms. Regulatory rules can become redundant, outdated and expensive to follow. This highlights the importance of a proper and thorough regulatory review process. The flat removal of regulations without a thorough review process can expose Americans, our economy and our safety to vulnerabilities. Our government needs to consider its regulatory policy more thoughtfully and develop innovative ways to review, rewrite and implement regulations to avoid the pitfalls of overregulation while still protecting public interests. Works CitedOECD. (2011, October 25). Regulatory Policy and Governance Supporting Economic Growth and Serving the Public Interest. Retrieved January 8, 2018, from http://www.oecd-ilibrary.org/governance/regulatory-policy-and-governance_9789264116573-en