>>> many saying now that because of tag spamming, google crawlers >>> are only
programmed to look at content, tags arent even used >>> in googles
Absolutely true. Metatags description, abstract, keywords and the like are not considered for ranking. It's not so much for spamming, but because meta-tagging is not needed anymore, the search engines being able to recognize and extract their own keywords and conclusions directly from the viisible content.