HBO’s Bill Maher had a message of hope Friday for closeted lovers of big government: “It gets better.”

“Yes, there are millions of people in the world just like you in nice places lie Switzerland and Sweden,” he said. “They enjoy high standards of living and freedom and they’re socialists. Studies show they’re happier than we are and that’s not surprising because the only difference between American socialism and European socialism is European socialism works.”

“Where as our tax dollars go towards military bases in Germany, subsidies to oil companies, building bridges to nowhere, wars and putting half of Cheech and Chong in prison, they get universal health care,” Maher explained.

Watch this video from HBO’s Real Time, broadcast July 29, 2011.