brianp, I absolutely agree with you 100%. I really think this is what Google is after also. From what you explained that you have done everything correctly with your website, and I think at this day and time that Google may be doing some experimentation to make this come true. I do think that this will take some time to work out the problems here and there, but myself using Google for many years the bugs will be fixed shortly that will give better results to active web pages with the correct content.
A company like Google or any company will not survive unless they are constantly improving their product so it never becomes boring to their customer base.
Any user of the internet will tell you that Google has gotten bogged down with always seeing the same stale old sites, with copied content at the top of the Google search page. When I say this I mean sites that have been sitting around for years with content that is either irrelevant now or is outdated.
Case in point when I do a Google search for my website, under me is a website forum that has not posted something new in that category since 2007, but yet it remains #2 on the results page. In some countries in the world it is #1 and I am #2.
I cannot complain however, because if someone searches for an exact search term for my website, they will see that I return over 55 pages of only results that relate to my website, with over 6,000 total returns, under 4 different domains. I don't think I can ask for more than that.