Not that this conclusion is a revelation from God. There are a lot of different initiatives trying to fix one or the other problem or adding some feature to make it simpler to develop - either by easing the creation of repetitive tasks or removing some technical barrier.
I've started listing these projects here: http://dev.catalystframework.org/wiki/crud. Until now it's just a project list. But don't hold back, please add any information, technical tidbit or comparison. It's a wiki after all.