Wall St. Journal:  “The Washington, D.C., bag tax seemed simple enough: Beginning Jan. 1, grocery stores in the district would charge five cents a bag, plastic or paper. The goal was to cut down on waste and raise money to clean up the polluted Anacostia River.  But nearly a month into the program, it’s turning out that government is having trouble legislating its way out of a plastic bag.  The levy got off to a relatively smooth start in the district’s grocery stores, some of which handed out free reusable bags to ease the pain. Then things got complicated.”