Budgets are tough everywhere. Tough budgets make decisions even harder to get, because now every penny is scrutinized. Of course, it's scrutinized in the form of a negative proof. Which totally sucks. You can lay out a plan that will save tons of money yet still get shot down because, hey, it might not happen like that, ergo why take the chance. It's almost reminiscent of those "nobody got fired for buying IBM" clichés, back before the kids and all the new hotnesses.