In all of my working life (20 years or so), I have only once not been in the lowest tax bracket, and this is as a professor, teacher, and IT person. During all of this time, from Bush I to now, I have pondered the frenzy the rich go into over "taxes." I have to believe that there is a genuine, sincere hatred of the nation involved. Selfishness will not explain it, because for most of us taxes are a bill due, and the rich don't have problems paying bills for things they neither need or even understand. If we called it 'rent,' the Helmsley Building resident would neither cheat nor notice. If, though, it is, "tax," then it is somehow an automatic opponent in a game—a thing to win against. Those victories are killing us.
We extol our country as a ray of light, a symbol of freedom to the world. Thousands upon thousands of people have given their lives for that freedom. To sit behind the safety and privacy of your computer and say we need to "get used" to injustice makes you, like the silent BART commuters, unworthy of that heritage.
Stand up for what's right, even if you're standing alone. I'm ashamed nobody defended this young woman, but I'd hope it was a fluke and that there are more of us willing to defend than remain silent.
Look, I have no desire to live in Paul Ryan's Randian Paradise™—and being 54 it's almost as if the bastard is targeting me personally—but the current system, in which the government is on the hook for essentially any treatment, at any price, for people over 65 is equally crazy. Medical costs have outpaced GDP for almost 50 years—save for a short period in the 90s when HMOs brought a modicum of cost efficiency—so the current path is unsustainable. Reform and rationalization of the system is imperative, and right now that means moving forward with the ACA as well as finding additional changes to hold down costs.
Do you know how "collective bargaining" works? You understand that this involves negotiation, compromise, and mediation to produce a balance between business and employee needs? Unions were not just started to right wrongs, but were an active creation of workers to get employers to acknowledge that they are not in a master-slave relationship. They are two groups with interests that need to be reconciled so that a mutually-beneficial (ideally) dynamic is forged.