Please explain how this is workable when a very modest move in this direction would head off much of the social unrest in this country.
Easy. The U.S. falls into unending internal warfare while other countries adopt this solution.
So what? I use CS2 and while some of the new toys are cool, they're still just toys. There a some tools that might make my workflow a little faster, but nothing that is revolutionary. Certainly nothing that's worth the cost.
Also, the OP isn't betting his company on luck/hope. The software he purchased works. So where's the bet?