Well that's crappy...
and it explains a lot.

Could have sworn they said they were working to improve game balance in 3.x though. Guess they were lying like they did when they said 4e wasn't coming out any time soon....

Hopefully they'll be a bit more honest with us in 4e.

At least 1e and 2e admitted they weren't balanced and gave us different xp goals to even it out.