Path of least resistance

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The term path of least resistance or sometimes road of least resistance is an idiom that is used in fields such as politics to refer to actions that will cause the fewest problems for the implementer rather than bringing the greatest benefits.[1] For example, a politician may be reluctant to overhaul welfare because in the short term many individuals will lose out, and therefore change their vote, even though in the long term there might be greater benefits all round.

Originally the term comes from electronics, where if a voltage is applied across any object the current will not flow evenly through the object, but along the path that offers least resistance.