I have been staying out of this debate, but this is an excellent post and totally true.The truth is that you end up waiting in line either way.
Yes it's true that standby waits are shorter when Fastpass isn't offered. Unless you're planning to only go on attractions that offer Fastpass, and only use Fastpass to board them, then at some point during the day you're going to wait in a line that is made longer because of Fastpass.
Another thing that hasn't been mentioned here despite the really informed debate, has been the effects of Fastpass on the park as a whole, and not just attractions.
Because fewer people are waiting in line, the streets and walkways in the park feel crowded and clogged. Disney has spent a good chunk of change that would have gone into other projects, just in widening walkways and reducing green areas. If the folks in the Astro Orbitor thread were to get their way, Disney would have to spend MORE money to move the Astro Orbitor (and we're talking in the millions here) to open up the walkway into Tomorrowland.
All those people have to go somewhere and that means longer lines for everything. Longer lines for shows, restrooms, long lines for the Restaurants and even longer lines for the ODV carts.
In my experience the NUMBER ONE PROBLEM that faces every guest at Disneyland, above all else, are folks that take up seating and tables at Restaurants without having any food. The last time I was at the park I skipped eating at several places simply because there was no place to sit. That just infuriates me that people could be so rude.
Prior to Fastpass, Disneyland's in-park attendance peaked around 80k. I remember back in the day, that the standing rule was to only run the Columbia on days when the Attendance was projected over 60k. Today, 60k is pretty much the threshhold of having to close the gate. Because of Fastpass the capacity of the park as a whole has been lowered.
If you go back and look up the posts from 1999, when the system came online you can see where folks pointed out and even originally complained about those changes.
Trust those of us who know, the park really was better off before Fastpass.