FOSTORIA - U.S. Rep Jim Jordan visited Fostoria Monday morning, in hopes of returning to Washington.
Jordan, R-Urbana, spoke to members at Fostoria Rotary Club at Good Shepherd Home about his economic policies and the two things he wants to have happen in Washington - to control spending and to develop economic growth.
"We're going broke, we're going to have to cut spending," he said.
The federal government is the only entity that does not have to balance its budget, Jordan said.
"In order to save Medicare, we're going to have to change it," he said. "In order to save Social Security, we're going to have to change it. Things are going to have to change if we're actually going to save those programs."
He said cutting expenses is not enough to get out of debt, and developing an environment where businesses can thrive is also important to improve the economy.
"I would argue right now what we're seeing from the federal government are policies that make it very difficult to grow our economy and create jobs," Jordan said.
Jordan also said he wants to reform the tax code, and the current tax code is "broken."
"Someone is going to have to convince me how raising taxes on job creators is going to create more jobs," he said.
Jordan also said the nation's energy policy is a big concern.
"Energy is the key," Jordan said. "If you don't have readily available energy at affordable cost, you cannot be the leading economy in the world."
Seneca County commissioner candidate Fred Zoeller also spoke briefly at the meeting about his campaign and his plans for economic development in Seneca County and in Fostoria.
"I call Fostoria low-hanging fruit," he said. "I believe there is a lot of real estate in Fostoria that we can entice manufacturing businesses to locate here."