President-elect Joe Biden announced Tuesday that he has selected longtime adviser and notorious deficit hawk Bruce Reed to serve as deputy chief of staff, alarming progressives who have warned for weeks that the Democratic operative\u0026#039;s record of commitment to austerity and support for Social Security cuts should disqualify him for any role in the White House.Originally considered a leading contender to lead the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) before Biden selected Neera Tanden for that role, Reed is one of the architects of former President Bill Clinton\u0026#039;s disastrous \u0022welfare reform\u0022 as well as the 1994 crime bill, which Biden helped craft.\u0022During the worst national crisis since the Great Depression, the last thing we need are Social Security cuts—or any other form of austerity. We are extremely disappointed by this selection.\u0022 —Alex Lawson, Social Security WorksMore recently, Reed served as executive Director of the Bowles-Simpson commission, an Obama administration initiative that in 2010 recommended slashing Social Security benefits and raising the program\u0026#039;s retirement age. Reed was the lead author of the commission\u0026#039;s report, \u0022The Moment of Truth\u0022 (pdf).A bio distributed by Biden\u0026#039;s team notes that Reed \u0022has spent 12 years working on domestic and economic policy in the White House,\u0022 but does not mention welfare reform, the crime bill, or the Bowles-Simpson commission.Alex Lawson, executive director of Social Security Works, part of a coalition of advocacy groups that urged Biden to keep Reed away from the White House, said the selection of Reed is \u0022inconsistent\u0022 with the president-elect\u0026#039;s \u0022campaign promise to protect and expand Social Security benefits.\u0022\u0022During the worst national crisis since the Great Depression, the last thing we need are Social Security cuts—or any other form of austerity. We are extremely disappointed by this selection,\u0022 Lawson said in a statement. \u0022Fortunately, many other top appointments, including Ron Klain as Chief of Staff, are far more consistent with the platform Biden ran on. Bruce Reed needs to conform to the path laid out by President-elect Biden and build back better, without even a tiny hint of cruel cuts and devastating austerity.\u0022\u0022Austerity is a pathway to disaster,\u0022 Lawson added. \u0022Biden should listen to the voices telling him to turn the page on the austerity economics of the past.\u0022Amira Hassan, political director for Justice Democrats, warned in a tweet Tuesday that Reed \u0022has not evolved from his views in the slightest,\u0022 citing a 2018 interview in which he touted the Bowles-Simpson commission report and said \u0022everything should be on the table.\u0022\u0022He is an ideologue who has never apologized or distanced himself from the many policy failures he helped create,\u0022 said Hassan. \u0022Seeing him named as Deputy CoS is not encouraging. He should be kept as far away from Congressional negotiations as possible. He believes in austerity for working people and hand-outs for corporations.\u0022Bruce Reed has been trying to cut Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid for decades nowHere he is in 2018 touting the Simpson-Bowles Commission as the goalpost. “Caller is absolutely right that everything should be on the table” pic.twitter.com/V1IEmjs2Mj— Amira Hassan (@itsAmira_H) November 22, 2020In a statement announcing his selection of Reed and others for White House staff posts, Biden described the new picks as \u0022respected leaders whose values and priorities align with my own\u0022—words not likely to reassure progressives, given Reed\u0026#039;s history of deficit hawkery and attacks on the remnants of America\u0026#039;s social safety net.\u0022Bruce Reed is no team player—his whole project in politics has been slapping down the left,\u0022 the Revolving Door Project, a watchdog group that scrutinizes the executive branch, argued at the end of a Twitter thread on Tuesday detailing Reed\u0026#039;s policy record. \u0022If Joe Biden wants a paradigmatic infighter in his inner circle, why should the left think Biden will ever act in good faith?\u0022In the 2000’s, Reed led the neoliberal Democratic Leadership Council, which pushed hard for Democrats to vote for the war in Iraq.Why?Opposing a pointless, bloody war would look too “far left.” (10/x)https://t.co/DBPrnmoVFJ— Revolving Door Project (@revolvingdoorDC) December 22, 2020Deputy chief of staff is not a particularly powerful position and likely not the role Reed preferred, as The American Prospect\u0026#039;s David Dayen pointed out on Twitter. But with Tanden likely to face confirmation troubles if the GOP retains control of the Senate, it is possible that Reed could be put forth as the alternative for OMB chief.Regardless of which post he ultimately ends up holding, the prospect of Reed being in the White House and having the ear of Biden was enough to concern progressives.\u0022You cannot have Bruce Reed in your administration and pretend Social Security is safe,\u0022 tweeted Tyson Brody, former research director for Sen. Bernie Sanders\u0026#039; (I-Vt.) 2020 presidential campaign.