The GSPP Class of 2015 has completed a rite of passage: the 32-hour project! Each of us was assigned a topic and given 32 hours to come up with a recommendation. Naturally, that process was fueled by food and drink – and more than a few of us doubled up on our IPAs with an India Pale Ale, one of California’s most delicious beer styles.
Below we present a paired selection of:
(1) 32-hour Intro to Policy Analysis (IPA) project recommendations.
(2) beer, wine or other liquid courage.
(1) Provide Pay It Forward-style student loans in California, but to tie the debt to a fixed value of education rather than a number of payments.
(2) I'm gluten intolerant, so it was a white wine kind of situation.
(1) "Should foods containing sugar be taxed, like alcohol and tobacco?"
(2) I think this would best be paired with Blue Moon Wheat Beer. And some powdered donuts :)
(1) Additional security cameras in public places for crime prevention need to be paired with very specific privacy policies that prevent undesired mass surveillance.
(2) Pliny the Elder from Russian River Brewing Company. It is the second best IPA out there (second only to its little brother Pliny the Younger).
(1) (First, I’d like to note that Talking Heads’ “Road to Nowhere” came on with disturbing frequency in cafes where I worked on this.) I recommended that the governor commute all death penalty sentences to life without the possibility of parole, and that someone else research whether the “without possibility of parole” thing is also sickeningly unfair.
(2) After this weekend’s 32-hour project, I feel prepared to furnish a comprehensive analysis of Oakland cafes based on criteria of food, background music, quality of overheard conversations & strength of both wifi and coffee. Luckily, many serve beer. I enjoyed a Green Flash West Coast IPA on Day 1, and a Racer 5 on Day 2, and recommend both without reservation.
(1) Extend BART, no duh,
to Livermore and back now
Air conditioned, please
(2) Pliny the Elder
(1) My question was if student loans should be made dischargeable in bankruptcy. I had no idea what "dischargeable" means and was imagining all kinds of gross discharges (my parents are doctors so that should give you an idea of how gross :P ). But friends and internet saved my life and I finally came up with a recommendation. Here it is: Private student loans obtained based on current lending practices which provide inflexible repayment plans should be made dischargeable while the “Qualified Student Loans” which offer repayment options similar to federal student loans should be made non-dischargeable in bankruptcy.
(2) Also, I got a bad cold a few days back so hot ginger tea was what got me through the project. Although I was craving for a Stella all along :)
(1) In verse:
To get more doctors where there are not enough,
Just let the ACA do its stuff:
Funded, effective, and already law;
Why add complications, when you needn't lift a paw?
(2) Hop Rising Double IPA from Squatters Brewery in Salt Lake City, UT
(1) Aging Faculty.
(2) White Zinfandel
(1) Recommendation: Every time you buy a used couch in Alameda County you should be forced to sign a waiver saying you know it might kill you.
(2) IPA: Lagunitas!
(1) My 32-hr IPA recommendation is to forgo restrictions on candy and soda pop for food stamp recipients.
(2) My other recommendation is to forgo IPA's and get yourself a nice Belgian Pale Ale.
(1) Senator Feinstein, work with telecoms on NSA metadata collection requirements that help protect national security while minimizing invasion of privacy and harm to the US internet economy.
(2) North Coast Brewing Acme IPA
(1) A total rehaul of the Social Security program into a two-part double whammy: 1) mandatory employer-matched retirement savings accounts (so you can start roosting on that nest egg) and 2) a flat-rate government payout once you enter your golden years. If that doesn't work, move the entire population of the US to Mars by the time SSA's money runs out in 2033.
(2) Leffe Blonde
(1) Build a solar shield to surround the earth and protect us from global warming.
(2) I paired this with multiple half-cups of PBR, consumed from a beer pong table.
(1) The capital gains
tax rate is too high. Whatev;
just tax gains at death!
(2) Best enjoyed with a Smuttynose IPA (NH).
(1) All homeowners should be mandated to buy earthquake insurance.
(2) Paired with a gallon of water per day now stashed under my bed.