David Rohde

Talk to the Taliban

By David Rohde
January 12, 2012

WASHINGTON — As American officials scramble to contain the fallout from an appalling video showing Marines urinating on dead Taliban fighters, news that the Obama administration is carrying out secret negotiations with the Taliban has barely registered on the American political landscape. The lack of interest in the talks – and public outrage at the video – reflects how little Americans apparently care about the conflict, despite its staggering human and fiscal cost.

Yes, we’re creating jobs, but how’s the pay?

By David Rohde
January 5, 2012

Update: The December job numbers released this morning continued the same trend described in yesterday’s column. Of the 200,000 new jobs created last month, 78,000 – or nearly 40 percent — were in transportation, warehousing and retail, sectors known for low pay and seasonal hiring. In a far more positive sign, manufacturing gained 23,000 workers in December after four months of little change. A vast expansion of that trend would benefit the middle class tremendously.

What do we mean by “middle class”?

By David Rohde
December 29, 2011

Update: My apologies. I cited the wrong Census data table when describing my definition of the middle class. A corrected version is below.

The year in review for the American middle class

By David Rohde
December 22, 2011

By almost every measure, 2011 was a lost year for the American middle class. Who is to blame depends on your political view. What follows is an attempt to sum up the major developments and missed opportunities of the year gone by. For me, the following areas represent the most serious perils facing middle class Americans.

In Milwaukee, an evaporating middle class

By David Rohde
December 15, 2011

MILWAUKEE — As Washington and Madison fiddle, this city’s middle class is in slow free fall.

Mr. President and Mr. Speaker, we’re not in Kansas anymore

By David Rohde
December 8, 2011

On Tuesday, Barack Obama declared the debate over how to restore growth, balance, and fairness to the American economy the “defining issue of our time.”

Occupy something

By David Rohde
December 2, 2011

By David Rohde

The views expressed are his own.

Update: On Dec. 6th, Occupy protesters began a new tactic of rallying around homeowners trying to resist foreclosures in several cities. Read more here and here. The following column was published on Dec. 1st.

Remembering Richard Holbrooke

By David Rohde
November 30, 2011

Remembering Richard Holbrooke with Kati Marton and James Traub on WNYC’s The Leonard Lopate show.

Complete Egypt’s revolution

By David Rohde
November 23, 2011

For decades, the Egyptian military has operated an economy within an economy in Egypt. With the tacit support of the United States, the armed forces own and operate a sprawling network of for-profit businesses. The military runs factories that manufacture televisions, bottled water and other consumer goods. Its companies obtain public land at discounted prices. And it pays no taxes and discloses little to civilian officials.