President Trump has loudly proclaimed his assault upon Federal regulations. He seems to view every legal guideline or constraint as excessive, unjustified, and part of a conspiracy of over-regulation intended to hamper business and kill jobs. To “liberate” business activity and generate jobs Trump has announced that no new regulation can be enforced unless two existing ones are eliminated. This is mindless sloganeering, not sound policy.

To understand the foolish and doctrinaire basis for Trump’s one-for-two edict, consider the response to a town planner who says that for every new traffic light to be installed, two traffic lights already in operation have to be dismantled.

Jim Matlack, Rockport