The ongoing palaver between the Minister of Finance for Development Planning, Amara Konneh, and the Liberian Senate, over the content of a communication from the MFDP regarding budget cut, seems to be growing out of proportion. The Senate on Tuesday February 2, 2016 had cited Minister Konneh along with his principal deputy James F. Kollie to appear and show reason why they should not be held in contempt over a letter the MFDP had written the Senate over plans by the Executive to cut the Upper House’s recurrent appropriation for FY2015/2016 from US$15,306,416 to US414, 043,570. But according to the MFDP head who appeared Tuesday to answer to the call of the Senate, the austerity measure, which could not be effected without the consent and approval of the Legislature, was basically intended to safeguard the Liberian economy that is seriously hit due to decline in the price of the country’s major export commodities as well as mitigating impact of the recent Ebola Virus outbreak. During said hearing, Konneh apologized for the tone of the communication but maintained that the Ministry did not breach any constitutional provisions in the budget law when it wrote the Senate requesting their approval for cuts meant to cushion the twin shocks of the economic meltdown. We all know how that hearing ended. Konneh was mandated to reappear Thursday, February 4, 2016 with his lawyer. It is now reported that Konneh did show up but requested time to adequately prepare for the appearance with his lawyer, which request the Senate granted, rescheduling the hearing for next Tuesday, February 9, 2016. For us at the Capitol Times, we see the entire brouhaha as a deliberate attempt to railroad the economic recovery process. The Senate should understand the plight of the country and empathize with the citizenry. The austerity measures, we sincerely believe, are not meant to enrich a few in government, but to redirect misplaced priorities and set things right. For too long the citizens have cried for fair representation to no avail. These are the same honorable men and women, who few months ago, were making outrageous promises to voters just to win their votes. Today, it is these same people who are fighting over budget cut, because they don’t want to bear the brunt of austerity. The Senate should be reminded in no uncertain terms that Liberia belongs to ALL of us. What affects the toe, affects the brain also. The Senate must allow reason to prevail and call off the test of wills with the Executive over mere tone of language.