Yea thats fine and all but I think the problem is that the shoot for the 4.0 advice is too obvious because you could say that for any question regarding graduate school or career advice. What use is no sh** advice coupled with realistic portrayal. It gives you no hope with no guidance on how to proceed. It makes the thread/forum pointless. I think that if you feel knowledgeable enough for a realistic portrayal assessment you should be knowledgeable enough to give more specific advice.Did it occur to you that maybe Vanadium and Cyrus are speaking from experience and giving the OP a realistic portrayal of his chances? The OP's chances of getting into grad school are extremely low with a GPA below 3.0. It is also true that competitive GPA's for graduate programs are >=3.5. This is the truth, and that is all Cyrus and Vanadium were pointing out.
Sure it may have been nicer to say, "Sure you'll get in to grad school. No worries." Unfortunately that doesn't make it true, nor does it help the original poster.
This is at least the third grad school thread I have seen follow this pattern:
1. "Can I get into grad school with....?"
2. Someone responds with a realistic portrayal of the situation.
3. Another someone doesn't like that answer and attributes it to the first someones arrogance or elitism.
Just because you don't like the answer doesn't mean that it isn't true. That's life.
That is why I suggested he\she do full-time work part-time school to give him a better chance at a 4.0 for those terms and raising UGPA. I also suggested he devote a lot of effort at killing the GRE subject. At least thats specialized advice for his major and his situation and was not rocket science to come up with.