You are implying that every SEO who advocates a Penguin risk management strategy is wrong. Every person who has tried to get a site out of Penguin now has a slew of new penalties?
This is the first time I have seen this suggested. Who knows, you might know something that the entire SEO community has not considered. According to your theory they are wasting their time and the money of their clients by trying to mitigate what got them nailed by Penguin.
What I do buy is if a site smalls bad to for whatever reasons it attracts more attention so I am not entirely disagreeing with you.
The truth probably lies somewhere in the middle.