Fact Squad | Gary Peters touts veterans work, bipartisan record in first ad

U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, joined in a television ad by his wife, Colleen, says he has effectively worked to help veterans by working with lawmakers of the opposite party. (screenshot)

First-term Democratic U.S. Sen. Gary Peters released the first television ad in his race for re-election this month, touting his military service and record of bipartisanship. 

In the ad titled “Service,” Peters’ wife, Colleen, says he’s “willing to cross party lines and make a difference,” concluding, “I think it’s really working for Michigan.”

The claims

The ad outlines Peters’ military service: a lieutenant commander in the Navy Reserve who joined again after the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. 

He says he “passed legislation to help veterans suffering from [post-traumatic stress disorder]” and to help them “put their skills to work in good-paying jobs when they return home.”

Colleen Peters says her husband “is ranked one of the most effective senators. And that’s because he’s so willing to cross party lines and make a difference.”

The facts

Peters joined the U.S. Navy Reserve in 1993 and later rose in the ranks to become a lieutenant commander. He joined again after the 2001 terror attacks and worked as an engineer on construction projects such as roads, bridges and airstrips, according to reporting by MLive. He was honorably discharged in 2008.

He’s sponsored legislation that would bolster apprenticeship programs for veterans that has passed the U.S. Senate and is awaiting review in the House. Peters also wrote an amendment to make veterans with a less than honorable discharge eligible for PTSD assistance that was signed into law in 2016. 

According to scoring by the nonpartisan Center for Effective Lawmaking at Vanderbilt University, Peters was the fourth most effective Democrat in the Senate in 2017 and 2018. The scores are based on the number of bills a lawmaker sponsors, how close the bill gets to law and its policy impact. 

He was ranked 17th out of 100 for bipartisanship over the same period, according to Georgetown University and the nonprofit Lugar Center. 

The conclusion

Calling himself “effective” no doubt is a subjective claim that leaves room for interpretation, but Peters’ ad backs it up with citations from nonpartisan sources. He sticks close to the facts in his first TV ad in his re-election campaign, accurately describing his accomplishments for veterans and record of bipartisan work.

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Robert Honeyman
Fri, 02/14/2020 - 6:59am

Can't wait for the first James ad to come out and try to besmirch Peters' record through character assassination. It's the only way Republicans can win. Well, that and gerrymandering to control the state legislature.

Kathi Geukes
Fri, 02/14/2020 - 9:50am

Exactly...because it's all they have!!

Fri, 02/14/2020 - 9:27am

Remember in 2018 when John James sponsored an ad using imagery of a swastika?

Kevin Grand
Fri, 02/14/2020 - 10:16am

And you do know that scene was supposed to have been representative of a typical American Classroom?

That those same classrooms do use imagery for different eras/subjects of study (like WWII)?

Fri, 02/14/2020 - 1:22pm

Can’t wait for the first James ad to come out. John James, successful businessman, combat veteran, a true leader. We need something other than one who drinks the Schumer koolaid.

middle of the mit
Sat, 02/15/2020 - 1:46am

Really Aray?

You called this site partisan. I asked you a question. Tell us where you get more non partisan news from.

I don't think you can. What you consider non partisan is not necessarily truth.

See, truth has a liberal bias to it. Republicans worship Jesus. But Jesus told his followers to sell everything they have and give the proceeds to the poor and follow Jesus. Do you follow? Then read Acts Chapter 4-5. What will you do when the Apostles and the Holy Spirit tell you that the whole Church is to have everything in common? That no one boasted about what they owned for they held all things in common? And that there was no one who had need, for as many as those who had property sold their belongings and distribution was made from each according to their ability to each according to their need? TWO THOUSAND YEARS BEFORE Karl Marx! Sorry, 1,840 some years before.

What we need is someone who doesn't drink the TRump Kool-aide. That is not an aid or an aide or anything at all except a prescription to grift and use the Government as a cudgel against those that don't think the same as you. And I thought conservatives hated that.

Then again you voted for the Patriot Act. That allowed the Derp State that you fear so much.

Again, why should we trust you?

middle of the mit
Sun, 02/16/2020 - 1:01am

Just so everyone knows, I am not calling for communism. I am just telling you that is what the Church was founded upon. And Matthew 25 tells us what a Christian Nation IS.

King James Bible
And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

You can "interpret it" any way you want. The language is clear.

These are the times that test men's and women's souls.

Gary Peters has done a good job for the State and the Nation.

Mon, 02/17/2020 - 7:44am

Or... you can read 2 Thessalonians 3 7 - 11...

middle of the mit
Mon, 02/17/2020 - 8:35pm

You are making the mistake. You believe that people don't want to work or earn their living. There are some, but NOT most. How do I know this?


Home > FAQ > Jesus Christ > Parables of Jesus > Parable of the Laborers in the Vineyard
What is the meaning of the Parable of the Laborers in the Vineyard?
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Question: "What is the meaning of the Parable of the Laborers in the Vineyard?"

Answer: This lengthy parable is found only in the gospel of Matthew. Jesus tells the Parable of the Laborers in the Vineyard (Matthew 20:1-16) in response to Peter’s question in Matthew 19:27: "We have left everything to follow you! What then will there be for us?" Peter wanted to know what reward would be given to those who give up everything to follow Jesus. In response, Jesus explains this truth about the kingdom of heaven.

Planting, maintaining and harvesting vineyards in first-century Israel was strenuous work requiring hard physical labor in the heat of summer. Often, additional laborers were required to get all the work done. The owner of this particular vineyard went to the marketplace at the first hour of the morning (6:00 a.m.) to find workers for the day. His offered wage of one denarius, a Roman’s soldier’s pay for a day, was generous indeed. The workers in the first group were more than happy to work for the generous wage.

As the day progressed and more workers were hired, the specific wage was not mentioned, but the landowner promised to pay “whatever is right.” Apparently, the workers were sufficiently confident of the landowner’s character that they trusted him at his word. Altogether, four groups of workers were hired, the last group just one hour before the end of the day. When the time came for the wages to be paid, the first group of workers saw the last group being paid a denarius and were naturally thinking they would be paid more since they had worked the longest. Their anger against the landowner spilled forth when they saw they would all be paid the same, even though they got exactly what they had agreed upon when they were hired. The landowner was forced to defend his actions to the first group, even though he had dealt with them in perfect fairness according to the contract.

The landowner, whose decision to pay all the workers the same was an act of mercy—not injustice—represents God, whose grace and mercy are shed abundantly upon those of His choosing. “For he says to Moses, ‘I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.’ It does not, therefore, depend on man’s desire or effort, but on God’s mercy” (Romans 9:15-16). In the matter of salvation, His grace and mercy are given to those whose self-righteous works could never obtain it. We are all sinful and “fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23), but His grace is sufficient to redeem all who believe. Whether God calls someone early or late in life to partake of His grace, the glory and praise for our salvation is His and His alone and in no way amounts to unfairness. Just as the landowner has a right to do what he wishes with his own money, so does God have the right to have mercy on whom He will have mercy.

The first group of workers in the vineyard resented receiving the same wage as the last group. Their attitude was similar to that of the Pharisees, who were incensed at Jesus’ teaching that others could inherit a heavenly kingdom they thought was reserved for them alone. They despised Jesus for offering the kingdom to poor, oppressed, weak sinners whom He made equal to them. In verse 15, the landowner asks, “Is your eye evil because I am good?” The “evil eye” was a Hebrew expression referring to jealousy and envy. God’s goodness and mercy produced in the self-righteous Pharisees the evil eye of envy. The rest of the workers received their wages without complaint or envy of others. In the same way, as Christians, we should rejoice when others come to the Savior, as we should rejoice in the service others render to Him. He is faithful to reward us for our service as He has promised, and how He rewards others should be of no consequence to us, nor should it affect our devotion to Him.

The message in verse 16, “the last will be first, and the first last,” is that no matter how long or how hard a believer works during his lifetime, the reward of eternal life will be the same given to all—an eternity of bliss in heaven in the presence of God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. The thief on the cross (Luke 23:39-43), whose life of service was limited to a moment of repentance and confession of faith in Christ, received the same reward of eternal life as the apostle Paul. Of course, Scripture also teaches that there are different rewards in heaven for different services, but the ultimate reward of eternal life will be achieved by all equally.]]]

So would you be good with those biblical capitalistic rules?

Are they even rules for capitalism? Because they don't follow the Hebrew or Jewish rules for an economy. And they sure as heck aren't meritorious.

I am going to ask the same question I have asked multiple conservatives. Show me, in the Old Testament. where the Prophets were chased out of town and beheaded for oppressing the wealthy and refused to stop.

I will tell you , you CAN'T FIND IT. It doesn't exist.

Which leads to the parable of the sheep and goats.


[[[Jesus begins the parable by saying it concerns His return in glory to set up His kingdom (Matthew 25:31). Therefore, the setting of this event is at the beginning of the millennium, after the tribulation. All those on earth at that time will be brought before the Lord, and He will separate them “as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left” (verses 32–33). The sheep are those who were saved during the tribulation; the goats are the unsaved who survived the tribulation.

The sheep on Jesus’ right hand are blessed by God the Father and given an inheritance. The reason is stated: “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me” (verses 35-36). The righteous will not understand: when did they see Jesus in such a pitiful condition and help Him? “The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me’” (verses 39-40).]]]

You conservatives are worshiping capitalism, AKA, mammonism.

You believe in money more than your fellow man or woman and that is what drives you.

I truly am sorry for you.

Sun, 02/16/2020 - 6:18am

James already drank the kool aid. What Person of color wants to stand with Trump?
Wake Up America!

Richard Burney
Fri, 02/14/2020 - 8:56pm

Your article supports the claims made in Peters' ad as correct and factual. Your headline and subhead, however, send the opposite message, for which you deserve at least one Pinocchio for being misleading. I suggest you try harder to convey consistent messages in headlines and stories. Some people read only headlines.

Sarah Meeks
Sat, 02/15/2020 - 8:56am

I agree with Richard Burney. The subhead suggests the opposite conclusion that you get from reading the article. Clickbait?

Sun, 02/16/2020 - 1:08pm

As a voter in the State of Michigan, I haven't heard of a single thing that Gary Peters has accomplished for Michigan citizens; however, I'm always ready to be educated on such matters, if anybody knows of anything that Sen. Peters actually accomplished.

Kevin Grand
Mon, 02/17/2020 - 5:49am

To be fair, The Bridge piece above only focuses on a campaign ad, and nothing pertaining to his actual accomplishments in office.

Just in case any one is wondering about those, Sen. Peters' record consists of 131 bills being introduced during his time in the US Senate, with only 4 of those actually being signed into law (two during Pres B.O. & two during Pres. Trump).

He also made 73 amendments to existing bills and 13 resolutions, the latter being nothing more than fluff pieces that politicians like to introduce to show the people reading their campaign literature that they "did something" while in office.