7th grader asked Ronald Reagan to declare his bedroom a federal disaster area


In 1984, a young boy named Andy Smith came up with a clever scheme to get his room cleaned with minimal effort: he would convince President Ronald Reagan to have his room declared a federal disaster area and then clean his room with the resulting funds. But the president didn’t exactly send folks in biohazard suits to take care of the task.

Unsurprisingly, the Republican president didn’t believe that the public sector should be funding Andy’s room clean-up. Writing back to the 7th grader, Reagan cited the numerous disasters the US government was already dealing with.

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