It is right that General Motors considers it a priority to repay $6.7 billion in government loans as it continues to work its way toward viability.
GM will make payments of about $1 billion every quarter -- at least until the second half of 2010, the earliest it plans an initial public stock offering.
For the public to increase confidence in the new GM, the automaker must prove it has the financial ability to shed its public debt obligation.
GM has a long way to go to gain the trust of the buying public and its retained dealers. Repaying taxpayers is a good first step.