Jim: Absent in the article is what these socialist policies inevitably lead to. Put a heavy tax on the corporations within Seattle's borders and those businesses will eventually move to tax friendlier locations. But by then, Seattle will have established programs that are dependent on these revenues. As businesses move out, they must increase the taxes on the remaining corporations, and in so doing accelerate the relocation of the remaining businesses. Now, with the revenue source drying up, and the freebee programs so popular, the city council will have to start taxing individuals to make up for the revenue shortfall. Upper class and middle class taxes will increase substantially. The rent control and regulations that they impose on landlords will eventually result in landlords abandoning buildings as the revenue from those buildings can't rise to meet the rising maintanence costs of the structures as they age. This is what happened in sections of New York City culminating in many abandoned buildings in the 1970's. The dismantling of the justice system by Seattle has to lead to increased crime. Eliminating bail requirements means the criminals will be back on the streets while awaiting their trial (assuming they ever show up in court). In summary, these socialist policies will have the exact opposite effect that is intended. The jobs will move out of the city as the corporations move out; the available housing units will decline as landlords abandon buildings in the city for more lucrative investments elsewhere; the criminals will rule the city as its inhabitants become cowering victims.