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Democrats supportive of increasing government spending to jump-start the economy and create jobs have urged critics to be patient while the stimulus takes effect.

Sen. Claire McCaskill, Missouri Democrat, pleaded those following on her on Twitter to wait it out.

“No one said it would work magic in 3 [months]” and “unemployment is always a lagging indicator” are two of the messages she posted to her account (clairecmc) over the weekend. Mrs. McCaskill also said she does not support a second stimulus bill, an idea being considered by some of her Democratic colleagues.

• Amanda Carpenter can be reached at acarpenter@washingtontimes.com.