Big business has brought many positives and negatives to the United States over time. On the positive side, an increase in business has meant an increase in competition as well. In a capitalist system, competition drives innovation. Because of this, we have been able to enjoy many of the products and technological advances we own today. Employment is an inevitable increase as well. Big business tends to operate in a satellite type of structure, with many stores located at different areas in the country.
Big business has impacted the US negatively as well. For instance, as businesses become extremely large, they inevitably become involved in politics. Wealthy businesses are able to lobby the government for decisions and policies that lean in their favor. This can often create many problems for those not benefiting from such a service. Also, with an increase in big business comes environmental degradation. For instance, in West Virginia, coal mining became a staple of the state's economy and a billion-dollar industry. Along with it, however, came several manmade disasters such as the Buffalo Creek Flood and the Sago Mine. This is a small example of one area of big business that can negatively impact the country.