Sharon Higgins, Oakland parent activist, suggests some reading for Molly Ball, who wrote about Michelle Rhee “taking over the Democratic Party.”

Ball must not be aware of the conversation between Bill Moyers and Bernie Sanders of a few days ago about what’s happened to the Democratic Party.

Sanders explains: “So what you are looking at is a nation with a grotesquely unequal distribution of wealth and income, tremendous economic power on Wall Street, and now added to all of that is you have the big money interests, the billionaires and corporations now buying elections. This scares me very much. And I fear very much that if we don’t turn this around, Bill, we’re heading toward an oligarchic form of society.”

What Sanders did not touch on is how the billionaires and multimillionaires of both parties not only buy elections but use their foundations to control U.S. public education policy.

More and more everyday people are disgusted with the takeover of this country by the super-rich and realize that the Democratic Party, which traditionally served their interests, has apparently been replaced by a Big-Money Democratic Party that has interests more closely aligned with those of the Big-Money Republican Party. The narrow gap in ideology between these two Big-Money fraternal twins explains why Michelle Rhee, spokesmodel for corporate ed reform, calls herself a Democrat but happily, and very naturally, swings both ways.

Bernie Sanders, a self-described democratic socialist, and this former Republican staffer view what’s happened in a similar way. Ball should at least read down to paragraph seven.