Bon Jovi appointment gives Washington a bad name 

I'm not kidding:

On Tuesday, President Barack Obama signed an executive order establishing the White House Council for Community Solutions, and Bon Jovi appears as one of the individuals appointed to the group.

"The Council will provide advice to the President on the best ways to mobilize citizens, nonprofits, businesses and government to work more effectively together to solve specific community needs," states the release.

Politico has a few more specifics on what the Council for Community Solutions is supposed to do, but let me sumarize it for you: Blah, blah, blah. I don't mean to pick on Bon Jovi here -- he seems like a nice enough guy and I'm sure he's deeply committed to this amorphous attempt at achieving some social good.

Nonetheless, I suspect this is just a way to give prominent Democratic fundraisers busywork, while patting on them head and telling them their input is valued. Whenever I read stories like this, I'm reminded of how much ceremonial nonsense and political theater consumes valuable time and energy of both parties, when the White House and Congress should be working on fixing some very, very big problems.

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