Your appeal to history does not apply here; in the 1700s, anonymous posting was about philosophy and political intrigue. On the Huffington, anonymous posting is about bashing celebrities and comparing horoscopes. There will be no loss sans anonymous commenters on a second-rate news site.
Nissan took 1.4 billion from the feds for the Leaf and produced laughable results. Tesla took a third of that and produces the Motor Trend car of the year, and is set to pay off the loan early. I don't blame the DOE for wanting to help them out some more. Note: from a student with a non-dischargeable 7.9% loan.