Honestly, if the economy is strong enough without the 1 cr/turn drizzle, there can be a case for the deck being better out of ST, because there is certainly an upper bound on your own economy, at which point forcing the runner to do some of the econ work makes sense.
Not so much ‘taxing lady’ but things like making mimic less viable. Unfortunately those who lean on mimic also typically have D4v1d, which is only helped by the +1 str…if you can recur it. To that end, I think that leaning towards more sentries is the best use of the ID…but since sentries are cost-ineffective, you end up working against the loss of the credit drizzle from ETF.
That said, I believe Assassin was a real boon for ST. Super relevant subs, okay cost, and str beyond normal mimics range. I can easily see playing 3 ichi, 2 ichi 2, and 2 assassin. This puts mimic through the wash, along with his buddy d4v1d. When you have to lean on d4v1d to break every sentry, the counters burn fast. And for not-lady a 5 str eli is a fucking nightmare (faust, corroder, inti, etc).