Re: I actually did the reverse once..
> would have demanded large amounts of storage which was not really planned or budgeted for, so the search was on for an argument that would get that demand off the table
Err, how about "if you pay for the storage, we'll do the logging"?
That's how I shoot down stupid requests here, like "how about we spin up 6 new Oracle instances on that Pentium III with a 10gb drive?". I'd probably get pushback that my storage requirements are bullshit, but that's something I can prove.
If it's really necessary, the storage funds will get approved, but usually it's not necessary at all.