Where did the saying "As goes GM, so goes America" come from?
I have done google searches but I cannot find the origin of this quote. Does anyone know who first said this and when? I need it for school and would like to credit who said this.
- VampLv 79 years agoFavorite Answer
This actually originated as something Charles Wilson (the president of GM) said during a Congressional hearing in 1953.
Wilson was asked whether there was any conflict between his job and becoming Secretary of Defence.
"“I cannot conceive of one because for years I thought what was good for our country was good for General Motors, and vice versa. The difference did not exist. Our company is too big.”
I cannot find how it became contracted to the more generally quoted "As goes GM, so goes the nation".
It is variously attributed but probably originates in a newspaper article.