The favorite rhetorical fallback of politicians of every stripe is “it’s for the children”. Anything can be justified in terms of making things better for children if you frame it right. Lately I’ve begun to think that the word “simple” is the programmer’s version of “for the children”. We use it to justify all manner of decisions. I’m not excepting myself, either. I see myself doing this all the time. “It’ll make things simple”, I say. Which by a strict interpretation is true. Whatever direction I’m advocating, it usually makes [some] things simple. It usually also makes other things more complicated.