What's happening in government is what happens in corporate all across the country. People with ego and power trips looking for short term gains in both profits and media coverage. All about the stock price, and perceived position.
The squad needs to figure out the smallest possible thing they can build to fulfill the basic narrative and delight the users. We need it to be narrative-complete, not feature-complete. Perhaps a better term is Minimum Loveable Product. A bicycle is a loveable and useful product for somebody with no better means of transport, but is still very far from the motorcycle that it will evolve into.
It is a simple matter of arithmetic that change may be costly to the man who has something; it cannot be so to the man who has nothing. There is always, accordingly, a high correlation between conservatism and personal well-being.