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Speaking of the latest tax cut, how are the already affluent, the major beneficiaries of Bush's largesse, going to cope with the challenge of spending it? Crocodile and alligator skins are hl this year, reports The Wall Street Journal. Gentleman' crocodile loafers by Bottega Veneta can be had for $2,440 a pair. Alligator satchels by Josie Natori are available to ladies who saved $5,500 on their dividends. Or, if you're rich and fat, Vanessa Grigoriadis of The New York Times says you can fast for a week at the New Age Health Spa for only $3,400. Sales at high-end retailers are already soaring. At Neiman Marcus, they were up 14.7 percent in September alone
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Title Annotation:Tilting at Windmills
Author:Peters, Charles
Publication:Washington Monthly
Date:Nov 1, 2003
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