CNBC announced Monday that the Donald Trump administration will be signing an executive order that mandates for every regulation passed, two things must arbitrarily be deregulated.
The order was part of a campaign promise that Trump reiterated last week when he told business leaders, "we think we can cut regulations by 75 percent, maybe more."
An example of regulations that are currently on the books for the U.S. include a ban on child labor, the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts, the Endangered Species Act, The Americans with Disabilities Act, and there are workplace regulations that require things like fire exits, heat, bathrooms etc.
Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY) called the order "irrational," "not thought out," and "he probably hasn't had any consultation with anybody in his administration, much less members of Congress."
Many online noted that Trump seems to be governing from a "Good Housekeeping" manual for cleaning. Others found the order simply absurd and ripe for mockery:
@SemiEmily @CNBCnow ripped off from Good Housekeeping rules on maintaining an organized closet— Anthony D (Vote Ossoff and Warnock) (@Anthony D (Vote Ossoff and Warnock)) 1485789092.0
@CNBCnow Is this anything like "Cut off one head, two more shall take its place?" Hail Hydra, I guess.— Hal Haney (@Hal Haney) 1485790632.0
@CNBCnow That's like the kind of declaration my son makes about chores. He's 8.— Julie S. (@Julie S.) 1485789029.0
@CNBCnow is he 12?— Hi-hat Rhythm (@Hi-hat Rhythm) 1485790529.0
@AnthonyD80 @CNBCnow "If we didn't use this regulation within the last year, it's got to go to Goodwill."— SemiEmily (@SemiEmily) 1485789145.0
"Hold up the regulation in front of you. Does it bring your ego joy? If not, remove it."— Rob Liguori (@Rob Liguori) 1485791640.0
Another example of a "useless" regulation. Safety is *so* overrated. https://t.co/fBBHaJkLZ1— Lost Horizons 🚝🚀🌐 (@Lost Horizons 🚝🚀🌐) 1485791205.0
@CNBCnow When our president acts like governing is the same as buying too many purses.— Julie AF (@Julie AF) 1485790487.0
@CNBCnow lets reduce taxes paid by corperstions and well trade minimium wage and medicare... Deal..... #nothowyourunacountry— jereth tibi and Angel Sam (@jereth tibi and Angel Sam) 1485790654.0
@CNBCnow How will they decide which regs to cut? Randomly pick 2 out of a hat? Does it apply to EOs? Does he have to rescind 2 EOs now?— Not Someone's Crazy Uncle (@Not Someone's Crazy Uncle) 1485790564.0
@CNBCnow So literally: "For every 1 step forward, we'll take 2 steps back."— Tom Calen (@Tom Calen) 1485790659.0
LIVE LOOK: Trump administration officials go off to implement new 2-for-1 regulation executive order. https://t.co/QEpLEpHD6K— Ivan the K™ (@Ivan the K™) 1485790922.0
@CNBCnow So now we Drs are supposed to dump hazardous waste in the woods & put your private medical records in the recycle bin at the curb?— Lynn Gaskins, M.D. (@Lynn Gaskins, M.D.) 1485790579.0
@CNBCnow so you have to regulate to deregulate?— PMJR (@PMJR) 1485790602.0
"Alright so we're going to get rid of our regulations of oil and coal and propose this new regulation of both oil a… https://t.co/64mQQ8Yp4b— Evan Diem's Tweets (@Evan Diem's Tweets) 1485791050.0
@CNBCnow This sounds like an Onion headline.— SemiEmily (@SemiEmily) 1485788529.0
@CNBCnow Except 1 on Thursdays at all participating agencies for TrumpCard holders.— pourmecoffee (@pourmecoffee) 1485789151.0
Even those who wanted fewer regulations took issue with the new policy:
I love the idea of loosening regulation. I don't love the idea of mandating it. https://t.co/PEuKhbuuEm— Brandon Krueger (@Brandon Krueger) 1485791002.0
Cool idea! Maybe the first regulation we could "knock out" is the Nazis Head Our Government Now Act of 2017 https://t.co/6FXmN1BRc8— Gabrielle Moss (@Gabrielle Moss) 1485791618.0