Republicans rated Tesla as a failure, so this shuts them up. They ain't "Government Motors-like" anymore. One business reason to pay back a loan from the government is you are not beholden to politics. You have paid your parents back for college $ and now move on to borrowing from banks and shareholders to expand. They grew up and paid back funds early - this is a good thing. It's called responsibility. They got money from somewhere else that will be put to better use.