Secretary of Defense Robert Gates says the Pentagon is not responsible for dragging the country further into debt, yet the U.S. defense budget accounts for over 50% of the budget. Thom talks to Pete Sepp and Laura Peterson about bloated defense spending. Then, Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley stood up for middle class tax cuts by demanding an up or down vote in the Senate. Thom debates with Seton Motley about whether or not the tax cuts will actually make it through the lame duck session. Then, Thom speaks with Congressman Peter DeFazio about what else may, or may not, be passed in the remaining weeks of the current Congress.