You can stop me midsentence but you kind of need the whole sentence to represent what I am trying to say so please don't?
I'd rather they get both cards working the way they want them to than having the cards work less well in order to chase parsimony.
In this instance, I think spelling out how each ability works with the MWL is fine, even if those explanations result in different conclusions.
To your point, @pang4, if we get another influence-reducing mechanic in the future, I'm fine with them spelling that out too.
Consistency is important and so is cards working as intended. Sometimes you do things for the sake of rules simplicity. Sometimes you fudge the rules a bit so a card works how you want.