We've been brainwashed into thinking Social Security isn't going to be there for the long term, so many couples ignore it when it comes to their retirement planning. Their attitude is "Don't count on it because it may not be there." It's time to set the record straight. For most middle income couples, Social Security in fact makes up 20% – 50% of their retirement income—often upwards of $500,000 in lifetime benefits. Obviously, that is a large sum of money for just about anyone. Doesn't it make sense to maximize that asset if you can? Also, we don't hear enough how unique Social Security really is as a retirement asset.