You stay in the job, so just what is your soul worth per year?
Ah, the WashPost creeps in.
US Whistleblowers First Got Government Protection in 1777 https://www.history.com/news/whistleblowers-law-founding-fathers
Right from the first panel, I knew what he meant.
I suspect the dialog in this strip is a transcript of an actual conversation (or text exchange?) between two current White House aides.