And the most interesting part of it being that the Fed. cruisers don't actually suck, but they made them suck themselves with the DPS favoring game-mechanics they implemented.
but everything is relative
in pve cruisers dont suck at all if built right. i have an assault cruiser refit and with 6 beams, cutting beam and 180 degree quantum torp it came with it maintains 8-10k dps in any space stf no problem. honestly, more than 6k is overkill right now.
in pvp you have a case, but for pve - which i'm pretty sure more people engage in over pvp - cruisers are not in a bad place at all...
...that is if they would stop giving escorts cruiser-levels of hull and shield mods.