There's going to be pain all around in whatever deal is struck. Most Americans are going to be directly impacted in one way or another by whatever bargain is made between President Obama and congressional Republicans.
Is it politically realistic for the two parties in Congress to agree to such a deal? Most probably not. But by that standard, the only politically realistic outcome is an eventual budget and economic meltdown.
Manufacturers with revenues under $50 million should pay close attention to the Small Business Jobs Act, particularly the elimination of the Alternative Minimum Tax barrier regarding business tax credits.