Missoula IRS Protest Small But Vocal About Government Abuses [AUDIO]
Tea Party groups all over the country staged noon protests outside Internal Revenue Service offices to voice their opposition to the agency's abuses of power that have been uncovered over the last few months.
The protest in Missoula on a windy and wet Wednesday afternoon drew faithful, flag-waving patriots who respectfully voiced their views about the IRS. A man who identified himself only by his first name, John, carried a sign that read 'Honk if you hate the IRS', and a 'Don't Tread on Me' flag.
"I'm here to let the IRS know we're fed up with their abuse of power," John said. "They've been targeting conservatives whether they're an individual, a group or a business. Last year they gave $4.2 billion dollars to illegal immigrants who filed fraudulent tax forms, claiming 10 or 12 exemptions and getting $12,000 to $14,000 from the IRS, and the IRS doesn't do anything about it, but if you or I did that, they'd be on our doorstep putting us in jail."
A woman named Jeri also carried a 'Don't Tread on Me' flag, with a pirate's emblem voiced her reasons for attending the protest.
"One of the reasons why I'm here is because the IRS is getting a $70 million dollar bonus for abusing law-abiding citizens," Jeri said. "That's wrong...its an abuse of government." Commenting on the subject of the IRS taking over enforcement of the Affordable Health Care plan, Jeri said, "Can you say racketeering and collusion?"
Another man identified simply as Bob held a sign that read 'The IRS Gives Millions to Illegals, But Goes After the Law-Abiding Citizen'. Bob was carrying a flag that denoted America's Christian heritage.
"We seem to be forgetting a few things in this country," Bob said. "We seem to be forgetting where we came from. It's time to get back to the basics."
The protest continued until about 1:00 p.m.