CNN Money has an article up, Wendy's or Subway? Depends which way you vote, that makes the point that our minds, which are different for a whole host of reasons, make choices for restaurants that are in some ways similar to how we see politics. I have a couple comments for Kossacks below the lace spaghetti squiggle.
The article uses the examples of Wendy's vs. Subway because at Wendy's, the choices are made for you in packaged menu items (#1 is a single hamburger, fries and a drink) whereas at Subway, you don't ever get away without making decisions about what it is you actually want on your sandwich, including bread, meat, various toppings, condiments, etc, etc. They say Democrats like the already made choices, where Republicans like the full choice.
There are some things I might agree with this article, but in some ways I think it oversimplifies what can be a complex process. For example, if I have a choice, I usually bring my lunch rather than going out to lunch. Was that option available? Not in the article. If I do go out for lunch, what is around me? I happen to have a number of restaurants close to me, so I can choose, if I want, from any of the name-brand national chains (though the closest Subway closed because the owner didn't pay his taxes...hmmmm....) However, while I sometimes patronize them, there's a very delicious local chain of BBQ restaurants with one close by (Brothers BBQ) and I'd spend a couple of dollars more to have delicious food from a local shop. There are also smaller, single location places, including a chinese restaurant with two entries for $6 and some sandwich, pizza and other places for cheap, quick food. Not all are tasty, not all have giant conglomerates marketing to me, not all have websites so I can quickly see what I want and even place an order online. But they're local people and they spend their money locally. If I am practically broke, Costco and their $1.50 hotdog and soda, (plus samples) is only about 3 miles down the way.
Which brings me to my next point. I'll shop at Costco because I like them and I like the way they treat their employees. I think there are a lot of Kossack fans of Costco. I used to have a Sam's club membership back about 20 years ago, but I dropped them when I stopped shopping at Walmart when I could. I think Walmart has improved occasionally, when I read about how they helped get food and water to Katrina victims when the governments were sitting around wondering more about how this was going to play in the press rather than solving real live problems. I also very much appreciate their increased use of alternative energy. And then I read about their bribing of officials in Mexico and other countries so they can put up stores and I go back to just shopping in alternative locations. Target is someplace I occasionally shop, but they've been pretty shaky on their support for LGBT employees, as well as with political contributions. JCPenney, otoh, has been fantastic for that and I've done a little shopping there feeling good that it's going to a better company.
In the article they mention a few other brands that are favored by one party over another. Progressive is favored by Democrats, they say, with Allstate favored by Republicans. I have had insurance with Allstate for over 20 years (with one interruption), and I would not consider Progressive. The Progressive "Snapshot" sounds very much like a Big Brother program watching how I drive, and that creeps me out far too much. I might change from Allstate, but my agent has been very helpful and the only issue I've had with them has been with a company policy that has since been changed, probably due to losing customers like me for a time.
I encourage you to go read the story and add comments about whether you shop at places because you are a Democrat, Republican, Independent, locavore, online shopper or whatever other reasons you shop as you do.