In short, the message for the GOP leaders this weekend --oh, go ahead and try the Congressional switchboard 202-225-3121-- is "Don't go big. Play small ball."
Cut spending and programs and agencies like NPR. Get the big government train stopped and if possible moving slowly backwards. Don't derail it and don't presume to build a high speed rail to the future.
The employers of this country cannot handle another year of uncertainty about what they will or will not be taxed for and on.
Home builders and home buyers need to know the rules under which there asset is valued aren't going to be changed.
Not-for-profits need to assure donors that their deductions are safe.
Behaviors change in response to tax rules so a months- or years-long secret exercise in deal-making is the last thing a fragile economy needs.
So this weekend, twitter away to the five addresses above with the message: cut, cut, cut and then cut some more. Then go home. A job well done is much better now that a "historic deal."