The POINT of my post was to get those that are viewing it very one-sidedly to look at the whole picture.
Remember, what I said was that we shouldn't make generalizations about ALL states....nor should we make broad generalizations about all fund companies, managers, planners, advisors, brokers, etc. I think it is apparent that some states clearly manage their plans differently from others.
As for states creating 529 plans, you need to do a little more historical research....you've been misinformed. I certainly don't mean to be rude but...
It was the states, I believe Michigan and Florida and maybe Ohio and/or another state I can't recall exactly, that were the first to create programs designed to help residents save for college...these later became 529 plans. More to the story, but it involved a state victory in an appellate court and then congressional support from states who had these first pre-paid plans...resulting in IRC Section 529. Again, just do the research....the info is out there.
It wasn't my intent to change everyone's mind/opinion, it was to get you and others to look at and consider the full picture BEFORE making a conclusion or forming an opinion. Personally, I believe that, generally, both sides bring added value to 529s...more often than not, IMHO, it is a good example of public and private partnership.
I've made my point, just don't plan to go back and forth unless there's a new idea. Best of luck to you with your efforts to save for college!
Joe's site/message board just provides a great forum for exactly this kind of dialogue...not sure what everyone did before the internet.