Rusty the system is not working if skiers like that get their L2's and better skiers don't.
This brings us full circle to the inconsistency issue. Maybe things are better now, I haven't tested since January of 2013, maybe there is more consistency now, but between 2010 and 2013 things went downhill in terms of consistency. I've skied with numerous candidates at clinics since then who are extremely disheartened by their results, these were for the most part very strong skiers.
Inconsistently is definitely a problem, however the only solution for it is more money in the system, and due to the fundamental issue of low pay in the US, instructors aren't willing to pay more for certification, so examiners don't get paid or trained as thoroughly as they could be. I've never worked on the EC but are most examiners full time instructors? My perception is that a lot of them are part timers as well.
The only way to have a completely consistent nationwide level would be to have an examiner pool of full time examiners, paid better than they would earn at Aspen (otherwise why do it) travelling to the exams. Unfortunately that's never going to happen.