Agreed. It's hard to imagine anyone in Seattle saying no to a tax hike that promises them something in return.
Whether it be a new stadium (to tear down and replace the one that used to have us in the Guiness Book of World Records) or replacing the light rail network we gave up to build a freeway 60-some years ago, you can bet the majority will vote yes.
The Enforcers of the law are paid tens of thousands of dollars a year, have sworn an oath to do their duty, and have the same requirement to obey the law or else that every citizen does. Additionally, the government is limited by the Constitution.
The general public have fewer legal restrictions on them than the Enforcers (both must obey statutes, Enforcers are additionally bound by the Constitution), and are not paid to enforce the law nor sworn to uphold it.
So if the Enforcers can't be bothered to obey the law, why should anyone?
That's nothing new. The Cuban Missile Crisis was entirely made of it.
The US had missiles that could hit Moscow and that was somehow okay. When the USSR put missiles in Cuba that could hit Washington D.C., somehow that was not okay -- even though the US missiles at the time were closer to Moscow than the Soviet missiles were to Washington.