Old story: if offered a dime or a nickel, the “village idiot” would always take the nickel. Finally the new guy in town says, “I’ve been watching you. You’re not that dumb, why do you always take the nickel?” And the “idiot” says, “Because if I take the dime, they quit offering.”
Everyone’s heard it. I’m posting it here because virtually all businesspeople and politicians will take the dime, every time. Then they’ll go sit in some sports bar and tell each other stories about how clever they were to get that dime.
The tyranny of the obvious.