I've been doing web design & programming since '96. I may be one of the webmasters Ted speaking of, if not exactly how he meant.
I'm speaking with the investment of someone who chose a career on the Internet but had SEO forced on me. Ted is correct. The engineers at Google are using their spare resources to rebuild the human brain. Yes. They are that smart.
Ted is correct. This behavior from business owners is fatal. Blaming someone else is fatal whether you're a homeless drunk or an SEO CEO.
The willingness to wallow in that kind of emotional swamp is killing off good webmasters and good online businesses.
I could write entire volumes to back this up. I'll just offer that sixteen years is a lot of time to see a lot of things, and all of that experience agrees with Tedster.