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|GENERAL BULLMOOSE was created by Al
Capp in June 1953 as the epitome of a ruthless capitalist.
Bullmoose's motto "What's good for General Bullmoose is
good for everybody!" was adapted by Capp from a statement
made by Charles E. Wilson, the former head of General
Motors, when it was America's largest corporation. He later served
as Secretary of Defense under President Dwight Eisenhower. In
1952 Wilson told a Senate subcommittee, "What is good for
the country is good for General Motors, and what's good for General
Motors is good for the country." Li'l
Abner became embroiled in many implausible but hilarious
adventures with the cold-hearted Bullmoose over the years. Ironically,
the liberal-minded Capp who derided powerful capitalists in the
'50s evolved into a conservative who defended and befriended
the powerful from the mid '60s onward.