Obama’s economic “recovery”: fewer than half of US adults have full time jobs

Regardless how much spin the White House puts on the monthly jobs numbers, the reality is that America’s jobs market is completely stagnate, and Obama’s own policies are a huge part of the problem. 

from Wall Street Journal:

On July 2 President Obama boasted that the jobs report “showed the sixth straight month of job growth” in the private economy. “Make no mistake,” he said. “We are headed in the right direction.” What he failed to mention is that only 47.7% of adults in the U.S. are working full time. Yes, the percentage of unemployed has fallen, but that’s worth barely a Bronx cheer. It reflects the bleak fact that 2.4 million Americans have become discouraged and dropped out of the workforce. You might as well say that the unemployment rate would be zero if everyone quit looking for work.

Last month involuntary part-timers swelled to 7.5 million, compared with 4.4 million in 2007. Way too many adults now depend on the low-wage, part-time jobs that teenagers would normally fill. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen had it right in March when she said: “The existence of such a large pool of partly unemployed workers is a sign that labor conditions are worse than indicated by the unemployment rate.”

Last month involuntary part-timers swelled to 7.5 million, compared with 4.4 million in 2007. Way too many adults now depend on the low-wage, part-time jobs that teenagers would normally fill. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen had it right in March when she said: “The existence of such a large pool of partly unemployed workers is a sign that labor conditions are worse than indicated by the unemployment rate.”

There are a number of reasons for our predicament, most importantly a historically low growth rate for an economic “recovery.” Gross domestic product growth in 2013 was a feeble 1.9%, and it fell at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 2.9% in the first quarter of 2014.

But there is one clear political contribution to the dismal jobs trend. Many employers cut workers’ hours to avoid the Affordable Care Act’s mandate to provide health insurance to anyone working 30 hours a week or more. The unintended consequence of President Obama’s “signature legislation”? Fewer full-time workers. In many cases two people are working the same number of hours that one had previously worked.

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The Obama administration has done everything possible to hide the severity of the jobs numbers, including changing the way the government counts unemployment and simply not counting a giant number of Americans who are out of work. 

Bowe Bergdahl returns to active duty - “He’s a normal soldier now”

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Bowe Bergdahl returns to active duty today.  I’m sure his friends in the Taliban are laughing it up. 

from AP:

Bowe Bergdahl, the Army sergeant who spent nearly five years as a Taliban captive in Afghanistan, was returned to regular duty Monday with a desk job that makes him available to Army investigators for questioning about his disappearance in 2009.

In a brief statement, the Army said Bergdahl is now assigned to U.S. Army North at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston in Texas, the same base where he has been decompressing and recuperating from the effects of his lengthy captivity.

His exact administrative duties were not immediately disclosed, but a Pentagon spokesman, Army Col. Steve Warren, said Bergdahl is not restricted in any way.

“He is a normal soldier now,” Warren said.

The Army said that in his assignment to U.S. Army North he “can contribute to the mission,” which is focused on homeland defense. It said the Army investigation into the circumstances of his disappearance and capture by the Taliban in eastern Afghanistan in June 2009 will continue.

Bergdahl walked away from his unit after expressing misgivings about the U.S. military’s role — as well as his own — in Afghanistan. He was captured by Taliban members and held by the Haqqani network for five years. He was released May 31 as part of a deal in which the U.S. released five top Taliban commanders who had been imprisoned at the military detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

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Sure, he’s a “normal soldier”… except for that whole desertion and collaborating with terrorists thing. 

How many dead illegal aliens have washed up on our southern border?

"Obama’s Katrina," that’s what many Republicans have been calling the immigration crisis on our Southern Border.  Democrats, on the other hand, have vehemently cried foul, arguing that there’s no comparison between the two because the border crisis doesn’t have the death toll that Katrina did.  

But how do we know what the death toll on the border is? We don’t.

from Gateway Pundit:

A Fox News exclusive reported this morning by Jana Winter inexplicably buried the lede.

Winter reports that several dead children have been discovered“washed up along the riverbank” of the Rio Grande, but fails to note that there have been no reports by the Obama administration on this.

This indicates a pattern of covering up dead illegal alien kids by the Obama administration. It was two weeks before news was reported on the sole child death acknowledged by the Obama administration, Gilberto Ramos, a 15 year-old boy from Guatemala whose body was found in the Texas brush dead from the heat.

From Jana Winter’s report:

“The life jackets helped many make it across the Rio Grande from Reynosa, the Mexican city across the water from Mission, just west of McAllen. Sources say they come over on rafts ferried by the so-called “coyotes,” the human smugglers whose means of transport are rendered useless whenever discovered by the Border Patrol.Many don’t make it across the river; multiple sources became emotional when recounting their discoveries of small, lifeless bodies washed up along the riverbank.”

That is all Winter has to report on the dead children.
More needs to be known about the price children are paying for the Obama administration’s lawless immigration policies.

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Yesterday, over at Hot Air, Noah Rothman argued that there’s not really any fair comparison between Bush’s response to Katrina and Obama’s response to the border crisis…because Obama’s actually helped create and exacerbate the border crisis. 

Former Top NYT Editor: Obama Officials Repeatedly Told Me 'You'll Have Blood on Your Hands'

Most transpar…oh, never mind. A former editor (that’s right. editor) at the New York Times says that the Obama administration is the most secretive she’s ever covered.

Eleanor Clift of The Daily Beast profiled former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson, and suggested  she’s best known for asserting “the Obama administration is the most secretive of any she has covered, and in 22 years in Washington, that covers a lot of White Houses. She got plenty of grief from President Obama’s top aides in the aftermath, and while other journalists made the same observation, Abramson’s words carried weight, coming as they did from the prestigious newspaper’s first female top editor.”

Clift added “Two months after leaving the Times, in case anyone is wondering, she isn’t backing down from that assertion, but backing it up with concrete examples and inside anecdotes.”

“I have heard Obama officials say more than once, ‘You will have blood on your hands if you publish this story,’”

EPA: Why, of course we have the right to garnish your wages without a court order

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The EPA recently (and quietly) claimed that it has the right to garnish the wages of anyone who breaks its rules. That’s right. This faction of the Federal government gets to write its “rules” (which are actually unconstitutional laws written without Congress) and then, without the consent of Congress or the courts, “fine” (which is actually theft) those who don’t comply. Yep. Just what our founders had in mind.

From the Washington Times:

The Environmental Protection Agency has quietly floated a rule claiming authority to bypass the courts and unilaterally garnish paychecks of those accused of violating its rules, a power currently used by agencies such as the Internal Revenue Service.

The EPA has been flexing its regulatory muscle under President Obama, collecting more fines each year and threatening individuals with costly penalties for violating environmental rules. In one case, the agency has threatened fines of up to $75,000 per day on Wyoming homeowner Andy Johnson for building a pond on his rural property.

“The EPA has a history of overreaching its authority. It seems like once again the EPA is trying to take power it doesn’t have away from American citizens,” Sen. John Barrasso, Wyoming Republican, said when he learned of the EPA’s wage garnishment scheme.

Others questioned why the EPA decided to strengthen its collection muscle at this time.

Critics said the threat of garnishing wages would be a powerful incentive for people to agree to expensive settlements rather than fight EPA charges.

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Every person, environmentalist or not, should realize the danger of any organization having this much power. And I submit that many people do understand the problems with it but partisanship keeps them from admitting it. The reason that our system has built-in “checks and balances” is to prevent this very thing from happening.

WaPo Fact Checker: Democrats Lying Through Their Teeth On Hobby Lobby Ruling

This is amazing. It’s hard enough to overcome the lying rhetoric and misinformation that comes from the media. But it becomes darn near impossible to overcome it when it comes from politicians. No one’s rights were taken away because of the Hobby Lobby ruling. In fact, the opposite is true. Rights would have been taken away if the court had ruled against Hobby Lobby. We shouldn’t be concerned that the ruling came down the way it did, we should be concerned that it wasn’t 9-0.

He claims they don’t give out Pinocchios for lying about Supreme Court cases. In this instance they’d need a new scale to measure the outrageous lies, or as Glenn Kessler says, misspeaking. Can we just call lies what they are?

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s 5-to-4 ruling that, as a closely held company, Hobby Lobby was not required to pay for all of the birth-control procedures mandated by the Affordable Care Act, Democrats have rushed to condemn the court. But in some cases the rhetoric has gotten way ahead of the facts.

Here’s a round-up of some of the more noteworthy claims. In some cases, lawmakers concede that they make a mistake; in others, they are argue that they are offering what amounts to opinion, even though the assertion was stated as fact.

Statements on Supreme Court cases are notoriously difficult to fact check because rulings are open to interpretation – and the full impact is often difficult to judge until lower courts begin to react to the ruling. Both Democrats and Republicans use adverse Supreme Court rulings to rally their respective bases, but lawmakers have a responsibility not to succumb to overheated and inaccurate rhetoric.

Nothing in the ruling allows a company to stop a woman from getting or filling a prescription for contraceptives, but that salient fact is often lost as lawmakers jump to conclusions that the cost will be prohibitive. That may or may not be the case depending on circumstances. Moreover, it is worth remembering that when the Affordable Care Act was passed, 28 states already had laws or regulations that promote insurance coverage for contraception. The law sought to extend that across the country — and even with this ruling, that will remain the case for the vast majority of workers.

But hey, why worry about facts when you have a largely compliant media to help spread your lies?

“Really, we should be afraid of this court.  The five guys who start determining what contraceptions are legal. Let’s not even go there.”

— Pelosi

Yes, that’s a bald-face lie and everyone knows it.

Whistleblower: NSA collects AUDIO from 80% of phone calls

According to NSA whistleblower William Binney, we have a lot more to worry about than the NSA’s collection of metadata.  

from Business Insider:

William Binney is one of the highest-level whistleblowers to ever emerge from the NSA. He was a leading code-breaker against the Soviet Union during the Cold War but resigned soon after September 11, disgusted by Washington’s move towards mass surveillance.
On 5 July he spoke at a conference in London organized by the Centre for Investigative Journalism and revealed the extent of the surveillance programs unleashed by the Bush and Obama administrations.

“At least 80% of fibre-optic cables globally go via the US”, Binney said. “This is no accident and allows the US to view all communication coming in. At least 80% of all audio calls, not just metadata, are recorded and stored in the US. The NSA lies about what it stores.”

The NSA will soon be able to collect 966 exabytes a year, the total of internet traffic annually. Former Google head Eric Schmidt once argued that the entire amount of knowledge from the beginning of humankind until 2003 amount to only five exabytes.

Binney, who featured in a 2012 short film by Oscar-nominated US film-maker Laura Poitras, described a future where surveillance is ubiquitous and government intrusion unlimited.

“The ultimate goal of the NSA is total population control”, Binney said, “but I’m a little optimistic with some recent Supreme Court decisions, such as law enforcement mostly now needing a warrant before searching a smartphone.”

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It’s time for a special investigation to be launched into the NSA.  No more secrets.  The American people have a right to know what their government is doing with their phone calls.

Say, why doesn’t Gaza have bomb shelters like Israel does?

Lately, a large chunk the emails we’ve been getting from readers have been asking about Israel, specifically why the writers here at Poor Richard’s News support Israel in the struggle over Gaza.  Most of those questions are worded something like this:

"Come on man! You guys say you want liberty but you support an oppressive regime like Israel?"

Obviously, these readers have either been completely duped by the mainstream media, or they’ve just decided to completely ignore the fact that Israel is the only stable democracy in the Middle East and the only country in the region with any real kind of freedom of speech, religion, press, and assembly. 

Hamas, on the other hand, is not only a recognized terrorist organization. They are complete oppressors of their own people. 

from Commentary:

As is well known, Gaza is honeycombed with underground structures from one end of the strip to the other. This doesn’t only refer to the more than 1,400 tunnels that have connected Gaza to Egypt through which all sorts of things—including rockets, ammunition, building materials as well as consumer goods–came into the strip until the military government in Cairo stopped the traffic. The chief problem facing the Israel Defense Forces in this campaign is the same one they faced in 2008 and 2012 when they previously tried to temporarily silence the rocket fire. Hamas’s leaders and fighters are kept safe in a warren of shelters build deep underneath Gaza. There is also plenty of room there for its supply of thousands of rockets and other armaments. Moreover, they are also connected by tunnels that crisscross the length of that independent Palestinian state in all but name ruled by Hamas. Indeed, when you consider the vast square footage devoted to these structures, there may well be far more shelter space per square mile in Gaza than anyplace in Israel.

If these structures were opened up to the civilians of Gaza, there is little doubt that would lower the casualty figures. Indeed, if the leaders of Gaza and their armed cadres emerged from their safe havens under the ground and let the civilians take cover there they could then show some real courage. But lowering casualties isn’t part of Hamas’s action plan that is predicated on sacrificing as many of their own people as possible in order to generate foreign sympathy. Instead, they cower behind the civilians, shooting missiles next to schools, storing ammunition in mosques (as today’s explosion in Gaza illustrated) and, as I previously noted, are actually urging civilians to act as human shields against Israeli fire on Hamas strongholds. Indeed, they have enlisted the people of Gaza as part of their misinformation campaign in which they attempt to conceal the presence of missile launching or masked, armed Hamas fighters in civilian neighborhoods.

But I have a question for the Palestinians and their foreign cheerleaders. What if, instead of devoting all of their resources and cash to an effort to turn Gaza into an armed fortress, bristling with thousands of rockets and honeycombed with tunnels and shelters where only Hamas members and their dangerous toys are allowed, the people of Gaza had leaders who had devoted their efforts to improving the lot of the Palestinian people since they took over the strip after Israel’s complete withdrawal in 2005? What if instead of importing missiles and other arms from Iran, Hamas had decided to try to turn their tiny principality into a haven of free enterprise instead of an Islamist tyranny built on hate and which survives on the charity of Israel (yes, Israel, which every day—including when there is fighting going on—sends trucks laden with food and medicine into Gaza to prevent the humanitarian crisis that the Palestinians claim has been happening there from occurring) and the West?

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Here at this website, we support liberty both in the United States and abroad.  There is actual liberty in Israel for Jews, Christians, and Muslims alike.  The Israelis have consistently advocated peace between themselves and the people in Gaza.  Israel even provides Gaza with its electricity. 

However, it is impossible to have peace with a terrorist organization who have vowed to wipe Israel off the map.  Hamas, for some reason I truly don’t understand, has managed to enjoy the sympathies of the liberal media despite the fact that they oppress their own people and seek to oppress, if not destroy, the people of Israel as well. 

Of course, Eric Holder won’t investigate the CIA for wiretapping Congress

Well who didn’t see this coming.  When has Eric Holder ever tried to keep anybody in the Obama administration accountable for their actions?

from Wall Street Journal:

The Justice Department has declined to pursue criminal investigations into dueling complaints between the Central Intelligence Agency and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, leaving a bruising fight to be settled largely through political means.

The committee and the spy agency have been at odds over a Senate report on post-Sept. 11 CIA interrogation practices, a lengthy critique that hasn’t been cleared for public release.

Earlier this year, top CIA officials questioned whether committee staffers working on the report had improperly obtained an internal CIA document. Senators responded by saying the CIA may have been unlawfully snooping on the computer usage of congressional aides.

The fight went public, with the intelligence panel chairman, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D., Calif.) sharply denouncing the CIA in a floor speech in March.

The tandem complaints were referred to the Justice Department for possible criminal action, resulting in the decision announced by attorneys Thursday.

"The Department carefully reviewed the matters referred to us and did not find sufficient evidence to warrant a criminal investigation," said Justice Department spokesman Peter Carr.

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They didn’t find evidence because they weren’t looking forward.  That would be the point of actually doing an investigation.  

I’m not just trying to pile on Eric Holder this evening.  He’s just that terrible. 

Eric Holder: people don’t like me and Obama because of a “racial animus”

Eric Holder sees everything through race colored glasses.  He can’t look at any criticism of himself or President Obama without seeing a racist behind the words.  

from the Hill:

Attorney General Eric Holder said Sunday he and President Obama have been targets of “a racial animus” by some of the administration’s political opponents.

“There’s a certain level of vehemence, it seems to me, that’s directed at me [and] directed at the president,” Holder told ABC. “You know, people talking about taking their country back. … There’s a certain racial component to this for some people. I don’t think this is the thing that is a main driver, but for some there’s a racial animus.”
Holder said the nation is in “a fundamentally better place than we were 50 years ago.”

“We’ve made lots of progress,” he said. “I sit here as the first African-American attorney general, serving the first African-American president of the United States. And that has to show that we have made a great deal of progress.

“But there’s still more we have to travel along this road so we get to the place that is consistent with our founding ideals,” he said.

He also stood by his controversial comments made during Obama’s first year in office, in which he said the U.S. was a “nation of cowards” when it comes to race.

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What on earth does Eric Holder know about our “founding ideals”?  

This is a man who refuses to prosecute open and shut cases of voter intimidation.  This is a man who prosecutes every state that makes an effort to keep elections closed to fraudulent voters. This is a man who oversaw a gunrunning program that has resulted in hundreds of deaths in the US and Mexico.  This is a man who leans on banks to choke out legal businesses that he doesn’t like for political reasons. This is a man who attempts to prosecute people for fictitious crimes. This is a man who oversaw the entrapment of mentally disabled people. This is a man whose department colluded with the IRS to target their political opposition. This is a man who thinks it’s fine to drone American citizens without due process. This is a man who thinks he doesn’t need a warrant to tap your phone. This is a man who stood up and lied to Congress.  This is a man who refuses to prosecute child pornographers in his own department. This is a man who sues businesses who run background checks on their potential employees

I could go on.  I really could.  But you get the picture. 

Eric Holder knows nothing of our founding idealsHe is the embodied antithesis of our founding fathers.  

I don’t criticize him because of the color of his skin.  I criticize him because of the despicable content of his character. 

I’ll give you one guess as to what Obama’s doing this weekend. (Hint: He’s not on the border)

It’s golf round number 181 for Obama’s Presidency, and it’s nowhere near the border. 

from AP:

President Barack Obama is playing golf at a private club in Maryland with ESPN co-host Michael Wilbon.

Obama played at a different club late last month with Tony Kornheiser, Wilbon’s sidekick on the sports show ”Pardon the Interruption”

Obama’s venue Saturday was TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm in Potomac, Maryland. The club has a championship course on 220 rolling acres in Montgomery County.

The White House says the other two members of Obama’s foursome are White House aide Marvin Nicholson and Glenn Hutchins. Hutchins is a co-founder of the technology investment firm Silver Lake Partners. Obama has played with Wilbon and Hutchins on past outings.

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Obama can borrow a line from Hillary Clinton if he gets asked about why he hasn’t visited the border: “What difference does it make?  He cannot be bothered with such trivial things. 

More Irony: 70,000 people in Gaza without power after Hamas rocket takes out their own power lines

Yesterday, Hamas took out one of the UN’s warehouses that stores aid materials to Gaza.  Today, one of their rockets took out the power lines.  

from Arutz Sheva:

Seventy thousand Gazans from Khan Younis and Deir el-Balah were in the dark Sunday night after a Hamas rocket hit the power line that supplies electricity to those places. It’s not clear when Israel Electric Company workers will be able to repair the system, but they are apparently in no rush to do so. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has asked the IEC not to risk the lives of its employees in trying to restore power to the affected sector in Gaza, an operation that could take hours.

As Operation Protective Edge enters its seventh day, many Israelis are demanding that the country take more aggressive action against Hamas in order to put a halt to the seemingly endless missile attacks from Gaza. One suggestion that has come up numerous times – including from MKs and Ministers like Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon – is cutting off electricity to Gaza,which Israel is still supplying. The Hamas missile, which hit one of the high tension wires that move power from Israel to Gaza, apparently made that a moot point, at least partially.

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The irony here is that Israel could have taken out the power to Gaza at any time, and were they the great oppressors the media wants you to think they are, they would have.  But they didn’t.  Hamas’s own rockets, designed to indiscriminately kill as many Jews as possible did that.

Christie vetoes NJ’s arbitrary magazine ban

In a bit of good news for gun rights activists (and others who understand the Constitution), Chris Christie has vetoed the new New Jersey law that would ban the number of rounds in a magazine.

From The DC:

On Wednesday last week, New Jersey’s Gov. Chris Christie (R) vetoed legislation that would have banned the possession of ammunition magazines holding more than 10 rounds. Such magazines are most commonly used in handguns and general-purpose semi-automatic rifles kept for defensive purposes.

Gov. Christie, who more than a year ago urged people to act like “grown-ups on this issue,” appeared to question the intellectual and emotional maturity of gun control supporters who pushed for the magazine ban. “This [ban] is the very embodiment of reform in name only,” Christie said. “It simply defies common sense to believe that imposing a new and entirely arbitrary number of bullets that can be lawfully loaded into a firearm will somehow eradicate, or even reduce, future instances of mass violence.” Christie added, “I will not support such a trivial approach to the sanctity of human life.”

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I wish that he would have used a principled approach to this, but his logic is spot on. Why does the legislature (which primarily consists of members who know nothing about guns) get to decide how much ammunition you need to protect your family?

Furthermore, after the data that was just released, if the representatives in New Jersey were truly concerned about keeping their citizens safe, they should be encouraging gun ownership, not discouraging it.

New Study on How Concealed Carry Permits Affect Murder Rates Deserves a Victory Dance

It should come as no surprise that the data backs up what supporters of the 2nd amendment have been screaming for decades: Gun ownership deters crime, it doesn’t cause it.

One of the main arguments for stricter gun control is that fewer people carrying around guns will lead to fewer incidents of gun violence.

However, a recent study demonstrates just the opposite and actually supports the case that more guns lead to less violence. From Fox News:

The study by the Crime Prevention Research Center found that 11.1 million Americans now have permits to carry concealed weapons, up from 4.5 million in 2007. The 146 percent increase has come even as both murder and violent crime rates have dropped by 22 percent.

“When you allow people to carry concealed handguns, you see changes in the behavior of criminals,” said the center’s president, John R. Lott, a Fox News contributor. “Some criminals stop committing crimes, others move on to crimes in which they don’t come into contact with victims and others actually move to areas where they have less fear of being confronted by armed victims.”

Furthermore, states with laws making it easier and cheaper to obtain a concealed weapons permit tend to have more people apply for the permits and, in turn, lower crime rates.

For example, in states like South Dakota, where a permit costs $10 and a high percentage of adults own them, crime rates are consistently low. 

New Regulations Force Doctors To Choose Between Expensive Medicine And More Visits

I know you’re not going to believe this, but it turns out that massive government regulations make it more difficult for people to do their jobs effectively. Who knew?

We rely on the FDA to protect public health “by assuring the safety, efficacy, and security” of medical drugs and devices. The FDA takes its marching orders from Congress via the legislative process. One such law is the Compounding Quality Act of 2013, passed in response to a series of fatal infections due to improper compounding pharmacy processes. While such oversight is important and well meaning, the unintended consequences may be profound.

In my medical specialty of retina surgery, compounded and off-label Avastin is used in the treatment of macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and other retinal conditions. At a cost of 40 times less than the FDA approved options, using compounded Avastin instead of the on-label expensive alternatives could save Medicare $3 billion per year. Studies have shown the lower cost Avastin is equivalent to the much more expensive Lucentis in treating macular degeneration. Many physicians will try Avastin as the first line of treatment in their patients and continue using it if it is working well.