Since I had read Heinlein's 'Man who sold the Moon' I've been the type that believed that it would take a similar entrepreneur to get man looking and going outward. The funds spent in development of his project are spent on the ground to people that had practiced delayed gratification in LEARNING. And as far as Seattle's homeless problem the more that has been done to shelter and more that appear. The US has a active underground news service that offer advice on where and how to beat the system. Seattle nor any where else will never under a free culture not have homeless because some people do not want to follow shelter rules. Mandated internal personal passports with compulsory assigned housing with job movement only by official permission and the problem will go away. Oh wait! I think that was done and the participants didn't like it. TANSTAAFL
In the Monty Python collection there is a line about the effects of wealth distribution as the Uppers are in rags and the proles have the finery. I am of the opinion that anyone who will pay $2.50 for a cup of coffee has more disposable income than necessary and some should be transferred to me so that i can get a Cayenne though if I want to avoid snow I'll go with a Maybach - tis fair 'cause I aint got the bucks to spend on high test coffee.
A problem with taxes that the guy with few a million or two can afford and really must have an accountant and tax lawyer to complete the forms. The guy with a few thousand cannot afford the high priced labor to complete the taxes and as a consequence is unable to find and use the various tax deductions.