That would actually be a luck factor I'd say, combined with the odd ways that the celebrity system works, where one of the popular archetypes of "dumb but cute" (Forrest Gump, various politicians, Paris Hilton, etc.). There is a quite low chance that a large amount of people with similar qualities would ever get as rich or famous as she will.
I remember the judges on the show frequently remarking on her "like-ability factor". Sanjaya had the same thing going for him. Cute and charming.
And yes, there are other issues such as insurance companies milking the system for what it's worth, driving prices up and efficiency down. I'm not saying I really agree with the way it's organized in the U.S, but our form of healthcare sure as hell isn't perfect either.
Actually, USA is like the worst country in the world.
Originally Posted by Jen
Have you been here? Sorry, I ask all Europeans who bash the US this question.
Hmmm just like anything else you have to take the good with the bad. My Husbands family live in England and our lifestyles are very different.
I'm not saying all of Europe is this way, but when my Husband was offered an excellent job opportunity in Germany we were told by the German employees of the US branch "Don't go, it's not as nice as the US. Why do you think we're here?"
Culturally I do find Europeans very fascinating. I believe that their education systems are superior, factually unbiased and their conservation methods are far more advanced than ours. Sadly I just don't think our country is mentally ready for new ideas.
I find it interesting that YourLocalJesus is in Sweden and Jen is talking about relatively worse conditions in Britain and Germany compared to the US. This seems to validate these rankings (from 2005).
TOP TEN COUNTRIES [based on quality of life]
29 Britain ("the lowest of the pre-expansion EU nations")