As much as I am fond of the freedom afforded me when I'm in the woods, it seems that many of the regs that are being complained about aren't really that offputting. If a fire burns through MK (where I happened to spend last weekend, up White Chief) because some bozo can't properly put out (or start, for that matter) a fire, it burns your land, my land; land that belongs to all of us.
Should that same bozo be allowed to chop down a tree so he might have a bench or a better view in his chosen campsite? How bout a dam for a personal swimming hole? Most of us don't mind regs to prevent that sort of thing.
When I was in White Chief this weekend there was a huge and recent firepit with evidence of scorching on nearby brush. Obviously someone disregarded the regs and made a mess (though I doubt it could have led to a conflagration, based on where it was). That was one yahoo (or several) for whom the regs meant nothing but at least there are some of their ilk who might be discouraged from doing so for fear of punishment.
I would like to see more public input on regs but in general somebody will always feel as if a rule is targeting them unfairly.
As for fees? Hey, there is nothing more capitalist than making those who use something pay for its maintenance. Think toll roads. As it is the parks are subsidized by people who never see them. Why shouldn't those of us who enjoy them most (and potentially harm them) pay more for their upkeep and protection?
And I was going to complain about people who don't pack out their TP but I didn't want to offend anyone on this thread