"If that doesn't make your blood boil from either a moral or an ethical standpoint, then you've totally lost me."
Apple et al are doing what they are doing because people in very high places put these practices in place to hide their own damn dirty work. I believe that Apple are being used as a scapegoat in order that attention is drawn away from the real dirty doers.
The sums of money that you mention are probably insignificant compared to what the banks, fro example, are capable of hiding.
If you want to start talking big money, let's have a look at Rothchilds, VISA; Mastercard, Defence contracts, Space contracts, the Oil business, Pharmaceutical companies, Cocaine and drugs at the international level etc , all of whom we never seem to mention. Undoubtedly they are being protected, but by whom, the damned governments/ministers/bankers ?
What makes my blood boil is that the focus of these affairs only remains wherever the "media" point their fingers and that is all that people seem to be able to focus their attention on. I really don't believe that Apple are the worst of the bunch, they are only playing the same game as a hundred other un-mediatised and protected companies/organisations/governments.
As I stated, Apple are being used as a Scapegoat, they are probably only the tip of a very, vary large iceberg.
The governments and co control the media to a level whereby the populations are drip feed enough material to keep their hunger at bay.