I personally wouldn't care for it since it reduces the power of picking the privilege card with the bonus card on it.
I feel that the bonus cards should be something that you have to fight for. But as the designers have said, play the game the way you want and enjoy the best.
Agreed. I was initially thinking I would like to have an idea what my long-term goal(s) should be and it might be nice to have the bonus cards in the beginning. I think players will learn the value of buying them early the more games they play. My new strategy is to grab the privilege card to get one for "free" then looking for a second early in order to realize the direction of my disciples.