Restaurant Review – Waters, Fort Worth, Texas

Rating: 4/5

Waters Restaurants

Overall

Simplicity is the key to success, and Jon Bonnell seems to understand that. With a small menu focusing on well made fresh seafood, Waters delivers no frills quality that’s sure to please.

Entrance and Decor

The place looks really nice. It’s fairly open, with a bar area on one side and dining room on the other. The decor is mostly straightforward modern with lots of black, white, and blue. It’s elegant and inviting. There are some fun accent pieces like an oyster shell hanging display in the bar area and some abstracts metal birds hanging above the dining room. It’s not over the top and adds the right amount of flair to the environment. The place looks great when you walk in and sit down.

Oysters

Naturally, we got a dozen oysters for our appetizer. They had 6 different varieties, and we received two of each. The oysters were great, clearly fresh, and came with the standard cocktail sauce, horseradish, and lemon. I love oysters, and they were delicious. I recommend getting oysters to start anytime you go to a nice seafood restaurant, and Waters is no exception.

Main Course

I ordered the crab cakes for my main course, and my companion ordered the ahi tuna steak. Both dishes were excellent. The crab cakes were packed with flavor and cooked perfectly. The crab was tender and fresh, with a nice crispy sear on the outside. My only criticism of the dish is the arugula salad on the side. The salad and the dressing didn’t quite work with the cakes. I would’ve like something with a little more acidity to help cut through the savoriness of the cake. It’s nothing that detracted significantly from the meal, though.

The tuna steak was a little overcooked, more medium than my friend would have liked, but it still tasted delicious. There isn’t much else to be said about the tuna. It was executed simply, allowing the fish to be star of the plate. That’s always important.

Tuna Steak Crab Cakes

Sides

We got the lobster mac ‘n cheese for our shareable side, and it was stupid delicious. It was perfectly creamy, with tender delicious lobster running throughout. The shells were cooked well too, just right. I could’ve eaten just this for my entire entree.

Lobster Mac 'N Cheese

Dessert

I had the tiramisu. It was good, but nothing remarkable. A little thick on the mascarpone, but still made well. The ladyfingers weren’t soggy, and it wasn’t too sweet. It didn’t blow me away, but I’d certainly still recommend it.

Waters Restaurant

Resolved: The United States should abolish the capital gains tax.

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Resolved: The United States should abolish the capital gains tax.

This topic isn’t so much bad as it is boring. It’s also heavily weight to the Pro. But, let’s do what we have to do.

Definitions

Abolish – This means to get rid of. Note that the resolution does not stipulate a replacement tax or policy.

Capital Gains Tax – This is a tax imposed on capital gains. A capital gain is money earned through the sale of a capital good, like stocks, property, or artwork.

Should – This is important because your framework has to explain how we determine what the U.S. government should do when it comes to tax policy.

Case Positions

PRO

1. Economic Productivity and Growth – When deciding tax policy, the government should focus on economic growth and productivity. Eliminating the capital gains tax has been shown to increase average household real income as well as economic growth. The tax should be eliminated because it encourages people to use their money, purchase/sell goods, and invest.

2. Societal Well Being – The purpose of taxes is to provide for the public good. Libraries, roads, hospitals, etc… all come from tax dollars. The capital gains tax is the least efficient in increasing this public good. The costs associated with its collection are so high that the benefit gained is marginal at best.

CON

1. Reduction in Revenue – The government collects money from taxes, and it spends that money. If the capital gains tax is eliminated, that money has to come from somewhere. It either means we shrink the budget, or create a replacement tax. Neither of those options are great. It would hurt government income, and therefore, it should not be abolished.

2. Benefits Only the Wealthy – Poor and middle class people generally don’t make much from capital gains. People investing in stocks and things are usually wealthier. In fact, the data shows pretty clearly that the majority of people paying capital gains taxes are wealthier than most Americans. If you eliminate the tax, you don’t actually help people that we would rely on for economic growth, you just help the wealthy. So, there’s no point in eliminating it.

Hope that helps. Good luck!