Democrats say the strangest things these days. Obamacare is never going away and the debate is over, they say. Hmm. You’d think they’d be happy to debate it day and night, then. But no, the president is talking about the minimum wage, and the House minority leader is talking about jobs.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev. speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, April 1, 2014, following a Senate Policy Luncheon. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Democrats claim they want to fix Obamacare, but when the House, with 18 Democrats, passes legislation to raise the 30-hour-a-week minimum to qualify for mandatory coverage to 40 hours (to prevent an estimated 2.6 million lost jobs), the Senate majority leader wants no part of it. It will die from neglect, like every other effort to modify, improve, or pause the exasperating legislation.

Democrats keep saying they want to address long-term debt, pivot to jobs and revive the economy. But when Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) offers a budget, the president responds with schoolyard taunts. It’s the GOP that is trying to tackle once again these items, as Ryan explained to Fox’s Greta Van Susteren:

It’s a plan to balance the budget and to get our debt paid off so that we give the next generation a debt-free nation. In this budget are a lot of pro-growth policies to get this economy growing again, to increase take-home pay, to create jobs. We think the country is headed in the wrong direction, we think our fiscal policy is in the wrong direction. We think we should balance our budget, pay our bills, and there are a lot of things we think we ought to do that’s not being done to get this economy growing. That’s what we are proposing. . . .

Technically speaking, we don’t have to do a budget this year because we have an agreement in place but if you don’t like the direction the country is headed, which we don’t, that’s why we think we should put out our ideas.  We think we ought to have an energy boom in this country and get this oil and gas industry up and running that would dramatically lower our oil and gas prices, bring more jobs to America, bring more revenues to the federal government and help lower the deficit. We think we should do lots of things like tax reform and energy development, welfare reform, save Medicare from going bankrupt. Lots of things that we do here go after cronyism, corporate welfare, all of these things that we think we ought to do because we don’t like the status quo, you take them together and that gives us a balanced budget. What the Congressional Budget Office tells us, if you do this, if you reduce these deficits like that you will grow the economy faster and you will have more take home pay for workers.

It’s not clear why Democrats from energy-rich states like Alaska, Virginia and Louisiana don’t at least force the issue on domestic energy development. They say that they’re in favor of it.

It is getting increasingly hard to see what the Democrats are pivoting to. It’s not fixing Obamacare or promoting growth. It’s not reaching a bipartisan compromise on the minimum wage. (Reid isn’t budging from $10.10 an hour.) It is almost like they are reveling in doing nothing, hoping to demonize Republicans and praying that inflated Obamacare numbers allow them to pull their voters to the polls in November.

Jennifer Rubin writes the Right Turn blog for The Post, offering reported opinion from a conservative perspective.