Exactly Mark! In my experience you can certainly write around 1000 words per hour, even if you are practically new to blogging. I personally think that spinning articles is just a gimmick that doesn’t really get results but wastes tons of time. The spinning software certainly makes a lot of money for the creators though! They are the ones who are laughing all the way to the bank!
Think of it this way: What do you have more chance of hitting, a distant, tiny target or the broad side of a barn? For the sake of search engine optimization, you want your website to be the broad side of barn. The more quality articles, or unique readable content, your website or blog offers to search engines (and therefore the general public) the more exposure your website will receive from major search engines.
Anyone can do this, all you need is a computer and the ability to string a sentence together. You can write original articles and submit them to article directories and get paid. You have to apply to these sites and may or may not get turned down. If you should happen to get turned down then just keep plugging away until you find someone to "hire" you.